Secondary jar burial discovered in Laos

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The Earth Times reports that the Middle Mekong Archaeological Project has discovered the first instance of a secondary burial in Laos. Read detail accounts of the recent fieldwork in Laos on the MMAP blog.

Secondary Burial from Tham An Mah. Image from the MMAP blog.

Iron Age discovery uncovers prehistoric burial customs in Laos
The Earth Times, 22 January 2009
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MMAP has a blog

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It’s not often you hear archaeology news from Laos, no thanks in part because of the language barrier. But interested readers might be pleased to read about the ongoing work by the Middle Mekong Archaeological Project team, where Amy Ellsworth, Digital Media Developer of the University of Pennsylvania Museum is blogging about the excavations at Tham An Mah. (Thanks to Dr Joyce White from the University of Pennsylvania for the link.)

Laos: Filling up the gaps in Southeast Asian Prehistory


24 October 2007 (Science Daily) – A report on the collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s Ban Chiang Project and Laos’ Department of Museums and Archaeology and the results of the last few year’s work of surveying the area around the Mekong River for archaeological potential.

Science Daily, 24 Oct 2007

Filling In The Blanks Of Southeast Asian Prehistory

As archaeologists in the last half century have set about reconstructing the prehistory of Southeast Asia, data from one country—centrally located Laos—was conspicuously missing. Little archaeology has occurred in Laos since before World War II, and beginning in the mid-1970s, Laos shut its doors completely to outside researchers. International scholars had to content themselves with information from excavation and survey work mostly from neighboring Thailand.

That scenario is beginning to shift—and new data, as well as new collaborative relationships—may forever change our perspective on an area that was once considered a “backwater region” of human civilization.

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