CHHOM Kunthea

Chhom Kunthea completed her Bachelor degrees in French and English literatures in 2001 and 2004 respectively, at Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia). In 2005, she went to India to pursue her Master degree in Sanskrit in Magadh University – Bodh Gaya, (Bihar, India). One year after her completion of the Master degree in 2008, she enrolled in a doctoral program at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes – Paris. In 2016, she defended her Ph.D. thesis.

Since November 2008, Kunthea has been working for Apsara Authority, Siem Reap which looks after the ancient monuments in the World Heritage site of Angkor. She works on stone inscriptions from ancient Cambodia (covering the present-day Cambodia, some parts of Thailand, Vietnam and Laos). Her research focuses mainly on the development of Old Khmer language which was in close contact with Sanskrit from the 6th to the 14th century CE. Besides her epigraphical research work, she has been assigned to teach Sanskrit grammar and Sanskrit inscriptions from ancient Cambodia at Faculty of Archaeology, University of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh.

In the Dharma project, she is in charge of manual keying of the texts of Cambodian inscriptions (Task-force C). She finds the work interesting as she has the opportunity not only to read many Cambodian inscriptions with a different idea from that of the time of her Ph.D. thesis but also to work with a dynamic team with diverse expertise.


Selected publications

2019 [coauthored with Arlo Griffiths] “A Problematic Inscription from Ancient Cambodia (K. 1237)”, Udaya 14, pp. 3-22.

2018 Le rôle du Sanskrit dans le dévélopement de la langue khmère: une étude épigraphique du VIe au XIVe siècle, Phnom Penh: Sastra Publishing House.

2011 Koh Ker Inscriptions, vol. 1, Budapest: publication of the Hungarian South East Asian Institute.