[Paper] Excavating among the megaliths: recent research at the ‘Plain of Jars’ site 1 in Laos

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Source: Antiquity https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.102

via Antiquity, 12 Aug 2019: New research about the Plain of Jars in the journal Antiquity. More news stories in the link below, but the news tend to highlight the “macabre” aspect of infant burials.

The date and significance of the megalithic jar sites of central Laos are comparatively poorly understood features of the Southeast Asian archaeological landscape. First explored systematically in the 1930s, only limited research on these sites has been undertaken since. This article presents the recent excavations at Ban Ang—or site 1—a megalithic jar site of nearly 400 jars, located in Xieng Khouang Province. The results confirm the findings of earlier research, but additionally reveal a range of mortuary practices, high rates of infant and child mortality, and new evidence dating these interments to the ninth to thirteenth centuries AD.

Source: Excavating among the megaliths: recent research at the ‘Plain of Jars’ site 1 in Laos | Antiquity | Cambridge Core

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