Bronze age woman burial discovered in Vientiane

A skeleton of a woman, estimated to be from the Bronze Age, was discovered during roadworks Vientiane.

Ancient skeleton found in central Vientiane
Vientiane Times, via Asiaone News, 31 July 2011

An ancient skeleton, possibly up to 2,000 years old, has been found in central Vientiane.

The skeleton, unearthed during road works along Setthathirath Road near Simeuang temple, is believed to be that of a middle-aged woman.

It has long been believed that Vientiane is full of ancient relics and artefacts lying possibly only 1 to 2m under the surface, and this is just the latest of several discoveries in the capital over the years.

A small artefact, potentially made of bronze, was found alongside the skeleton and is perhaps a rarer find than the skeleton itself.

Full story here.


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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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