Sonetra Seng

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BA (Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh);
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Thesis title
Beyond the Masterpiece: Function and Design of Divine Adornment in Angkorian Cambodia (9th-14th c.).


As an employee of the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts SENG Sonetra served as Acting Dean and Lecturer of the Department of Archaeology, Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh before undertaking the MA programme in History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS University of London in 2018-19. She received SOAS Alphawood Scholarships for both MA and PhD study. She has conducted a number of archaeological excavations of prehistoric sites in Cambodia under the cooperation between the Memot Centre for Archaeology, University of Tuebingen and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), including at the village 10.8 and Prohear sites in southeastern Cambodia, and has co-authored a series of books and articles in this field. She has also acted as Curator of the Memot Archaeological Museum, Cambodia, and directed a training-oriented metal laboratory in the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. 

Research interests

  • Ancient Southeast Asian textiles and jewelry
  • The Iron Age in Cambodia

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