Prehistoric Cambodian burial site discovered

A Japanese team has concluded the excavation of a burial site is the village Snay at the Banteay Meanchay province – I think it’s possibly related to the ‘warrior women‘ find of last year. Besides brick tombs, there’s an interesting reference to ‘corpse preservation’ although it’s unsure if this is some sort of mummification ritual or something else.

A 2,500 year old ancient tomb found in Cambodia
Koh Santepheap Daily, 25 February 2009 (in Khmer)
English translation from Khmerization

A pre-historic burial site has been found in northwest Cambodia. A Japanese team of archaeologists has just finished digging a 500 B.C pre-historic burial site in Snay village, Rohal commune, Preah Net Preah district in Banteay Meanchey province.

The excavations, which were led by Dr. Miyasuka who is a project leader and Prof. Yusino Riyasuda, from the Japanese Centre for International Research, began at the beginning of 2008 and were completed on 21st February 2009.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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  1. Hi Noel- you’re right, this is the same project that mentioned the warrior women earlier this year. And actually this site wasn’t discovered by the Japanese team. It was actually discovered in 2000 during a road construction project and excavated in 2001 and 2003 by the Royal University of Fine Arts in a project that was co-directed by Dougald O’Reilly.

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