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Heather Christie '11 Awarded an SLU Fellowship

Scholars from several fields have long discussed the theory of Indianization, which states that India greatly influenced the socio-economic development of Southeast Asia between 300BC and AD 1500. But these conclusions rarely make use of the archaeological material found in the region. For my SLU Fellowship this summer, I will examine the distribution of specific types of drawn glass beads in South and Southeast Asia to expand on the nature of exchange between the two regions. By understanding the exchange systems in place, I will be able to comment on the socio-economic development in Metal Age Southeast Asia and analyze the true significance of the theory of Indianization. Working with Dr. Shinu Abraham, this summer project will lay the foundation for my honors thesis on this topic, which I will write beginning in the fall.