Excavating among the megaliths: recent research at the 'Plain of Jars' site 1 in Laos

O'Reilly, Dougald, Shewan, Louise, Domett, Kate, Halcrow, Sian, and Luangkhoth, Thonglith (2019) Excavating among the megaliths: recent research at the 'Plain of Jars' site 1 in Laos. Antiquity, 93 (370). pp. 970-989.

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Abstract

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.

Item ID: 60148
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-1744
Keywords: Southeast Asia, Laos, Plain of Jars, megaliths, mortuary archaeology
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Lao Government
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 02:32
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology > 210103 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 60%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160102 Biological (Physical) Anthropology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950502 Understanding Asias Past @ 100%
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