Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia: A Traveler’s Guide through History, Ruins, and Landscapes
- About the Book
Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia is the first comprehensive guide to the ancient sites and archaeological ruins of Southeast Asia. Designed to assist the adventurous visitor to the region, the book is also an armchair traveler’s introduction to over 532 of the most historic and visually engaging monuments across seven nations: Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), and Malaysia. In addition to background and descriptions of individual sites, the guide provides essential tips for travelers and an extensive reading list and glossary. The result of over twenty years of research and site visits by its author, architectural conservator William Chapman, Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia provides a succinct overview of the region’s many historic ruins and related sites. Its over 400 illustrations and 70-plus maps help bring these many sites to life.
- William Chapman is director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and professor and chair in the Department of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Educated at Columbia and Oxford (M.S. and D.Phil), he specializes in architectural recording, the history of historic preservation, and materials conservation. Widely published in scholarly journals, he has also written on subjects ranging from the historic Volcano House Hotel in Hawai‘i to the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Married and the father of two daughters and two stepchildren, he lives in Honolulu and in Bangkok.