Talks for a new museum featuring Phum Snay artefacts

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A Japanese archaeologist is in talks with the Cambodian government to set up a museum for the display of the artefacts unearthed at the pre-Angkoran site of Phum Snay. The excavation has already uncovered over 47 burials so far including the famous so-called “warrior women“.

Museum planned for ancient artefacts stored in Siem Reap
Phnom Penh Post, 07 May 2009
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Prehistoric Cambodian burial site discovered

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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

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Does the presence of water channels really push back date of Khmer civilisation?

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You gotta hand it to the Japanese – after they found the so-called ‘warrior women’ burials last year, they seem to have made another spectacular discovery: man-made water channels dating to the first century, reminiscent of the sophisticated water management system used in Angkor 600 years later.

Archaeological find dates back Khmer civilization by six to eight centuries [Link no longer active]
ANI by way of The Japan News Net, 22 January 2008

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'Warrior Women' unearthed in Cambodia

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15 November 2007 (Yahoo News) – An excavation at Phum Snay reveals 35 skeletons, five of which are women who were buried with swords and possibly helmets. Evidence of woman warriors? This find is certainly unusual indeed, but it’s probably too early to get excited about the prospect of some amazonian society. It’ll be interesting to see if the skeletal remains reveal any telltale signs of battle-related injuries, particularly of cuts to the bone around the arm areas. The story doesn’t give any approximate date for the burials, but it looks like a pre-Angkorian find.

Yahoo News, 15 Nov 2007

Women warriors may have battled in ancient Cambodia

Archaeologists have found female skeletons buried with metal swords in Cambodian ruins, indicating there may have been a civilisation with female warriors, the mission head said Thursday.

The team dug up 35 human skeletons at five locations in Phum Snay in northwestern Cambodia in research earlier this year, said Japanese researcher Yoshinori Yasuda, who led the team.

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