South East Asia 500 BCE
The Malays and Javanese now inhabit their modern homes, and the Iron Age has come to the region.
What is happening in South East Asia in 500BCE
The Austronesians have, over the past few centuries, been thrusting westwards into the coasts and islands of South East Asia. Here, they will become known as the Champa, the Malays, and the Javanese.
In the north, the Burmans (including the Pye) are establishing themselves in northern Burma, pushing the Mon and Khmer peoples south and east.
The coming of iron
By this date, the use of iron, for weapons and farming implements, is spreading down into South East Asia from southern China.