Dang Raek

Dang Raek

 

(Dangrek), a hilly upland in Indochina, on the border between Thailand to the north and Cambodia and Laos to the south. Length, about 300 km; maximum altitude, 761 m (Dang Raek mountain). To the west it gradually declines to 300–500 m. The northern slope is rather low and gently sloping; it gradually becomes the Korat plateau. The southern slope is steep, with deep gorges. The high areas have soft features and convenient passes. The range is made up primarily of sandstone. The climate is subequatorial with a monsoon pattern of precipitation (up to 2,000 mm a year on the southern slope). There are tropical rain forests on the mountainous laterine soils.

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2), north of the Dang Raek escarpment in the Mun catchment by the second half of the seventh century.
This epigraphic record is threadbare when compared with that south of the Dang Raek range, where in northern Cambodia, early state sites known collectively as Zhenia (Chenla) after Chinese accounts, dating between at least 550 CE until the foundation of Angkor in about 800 CE, are more plentiful.
There is an imbalance between the concentration of historic sites south of the Dang Raek escarpment, and the density of and investigations into Iron Age settlements to the north, in the Mun River Valley.
The first is that the Iron Age communities north and south of the Dang Raek Range comprise a cultural continuity.