Coffin site discovered near Cambodian village

An ancient coffin site is discovered in Cambodia’s Koh Kong Province, estimated to be about 500 years old. Judging from the pictures the coffins look like they were hewn from whole logs – and such coffins are quite common throughout Southeast Asia.

500 year-old tombs discovered in Koh Kong
Koh Santepheap Daily, 27 February 2009 (in Khmer)
English translation by Khmerization

A task force from the Directorate of Heritage, Archaeology and Palaeontology of the Ministry of Fine Arts has visited a 500-year-old ancient tomb site in Chiphat village, Thmor Baing district of Koh Kong province.

The team said that the ancient tombs are not the new archaeological finds because the locals said that they knew of the tombs a long time ago, but they did not report their finds to the authority. They only reported the site to the authority after they learned that the site will become an eco-tourist area.

The Ministry of Fine Arts’ search team said these ancient tombs, which contained human skeletons, are located about 40 metres apart from each other.

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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