Prehistoric Phnom Penh

Neolithic stone tool found in Kandal province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151230

Archaeologists are investigating the chance finds of prehistoric material in Cambodia’s Kandal province, near Phnom Penh.

Neolithic stone tool found in Kandal province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151230
Neolithic stone tool found in Kandal province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151230

Phnom Penh’s roots discovered
Phnom Penh Post, 30 December 2015

Two newly discovered archaeological sites suggest people were living close to what is now Phnom Penh thousands of years before the capital was founded.

Villagers living along the Mekong, and a monk at a pagoda, both in Kandal province, have discovered artefacts including Neolithic axes and human bone, which indicate human settlement in the area as long as 3,000 years ago, according to a report obtained yesterday.

“The use of polished stone dates back to about 1000 to 1500 BC,” said Dutch archaeologist and professor Hans Boch, one of a team of experts called to the bank of the Mekong after the find in Muk Kampoul district’s Chas village.

“The evidence shows people living there thousands of years ago,” he added.

“We found polished stone, a crafted metal bracelet, limb bones, teeth, a skull and pottery,” said Thuy Chanthourn, deputy chief of the Institute of Culture and Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Cambodia.

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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