Alison shares this spectacular 2000-year-old dog burial excavated in Ban Non Wat earlier in the year. “Sampson” was uncovered by a team from James Cook University and goes to show that dogs have been man’s best friend for a long time coming! Alison also posts her observations on the dog burial here.
Sorry for the lack of posts this week, as I was finishing up a lot of work and posts will resume again next Monday (with a lot of catching up to do!). Just a quick query from our Facebook page, posted by Christina Sewall who is looking for information about this ceramic piece:
Christina writes: “I’m studying a certain ceramic piece for my dissertation, and was wondering if anyone had come across anything similar in SE Asia. These were excavated in NE Thailand at Ban Non Wat. If anyone has any ideas what they are, or has seen them in any context (museums, digs, etc.) please get in touch with me. Thanks!” You can get in touch with her by emailing chrsewall [at] tidewater [dot] net.
Jim visits the lesser-known Angkor temple at Koh Ker.
In this series of weekly rojaks (published on Wednesdays) Iâ€™ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are related to Southeast Asia and archaeology in general. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!
Angkor and Cambodia takes centrestage in this week’s Wednesday rojak, as we visit some lesser-known temples and explore the beginnings of the Angkor Civilization:
Saraburi gives a a look at Prasat Phanom Rung at Buriram, Thailand, a 12th century Angkoran temple complex dedicated to Shiva.
Phoenixstorm explores another Angkoran temple, Ta Keo, another temple to Shiva dedicated around the year 1000.
Xander tucks into some grolan, a Khmer traditional rice snack.
While not exactly new, K. Kris Hirst, the archaeology guide at about.com hosts a feature on the Thai site of Ban Non Wat, where Charles Higham has been investigating a series of prehistoric burials that may have led to the rise of the Angkor civilization.
In this series of weekly rojaks (published on Wednesdays) Iâ€™ll feature other sites in the blogosphere that are of related to archaeology in Southeast Asia. Got a recommendation for the next Wednesday rojak? Email me!
Five seasons of excavations at Ban Non Wat, in Northeast Thailand, have unearthed 470 human burials covering a time span of more than 2,000 years. Earthwatch-supported research at this great moated site, led by anthropologist Dr. Charles Higham of University of Otago (New Zealand), gives clues to the roots of the famous Angkor civilization. A Year On Earth, a new film about students making a difference through participation in scientific research, features some of these discoveries.
â€œThe earliest graves, dating to about 2000 BC, contain the remains of the first rice farmers to settle Thailand from their ancestral homelands in the Yangtze Valley of China,â€ said Higham, principal investigator of Earthwatchâ€™s Origins of Angkor project. â€œThey were buried with ceramic vessels that were decorated with amazing designs, representing the earliest art in this part of the world.â€ Some of the lidded pots discovered by Earthwatch teams were large enough to contain the remains of adults, while many newly born infants were buried in smaller versions.
Historians typically attribute the rise of the magnificent Angkor civilization, which also built Ankgor Wat, to external, mostly Indian, influences. Earthwatch volunteers working in Thailand have made discoveries that support Highamâ€™s view that the Angkor civilization sprang, at least in part, from indigenous roots. For example, in about 1200 BC, the descendents of the early farmers mentioned above entered the Bronze Age in grand style.
â€œUntil the investigations at Ban Non Wat, Bronze Age cemeteries contained relatively poor burials, the dead being accompanied by a handful of pots and perhaps some shell beads or bangles,â€ said Higham. â€œBut at Ban Non Wat, excavators found groups of princely graves in which the aristocrats were accompanied by up to 50 pottery vessels, some of which were large and beautifully decorated with red painted designs.â€