Sedimentary landscape of Mun Valley prehistoric site: construction history of moated site of Ban Non Wat, northeast Thailand

Kanthilatha, Nelum, Boyd, William, and Chang, Nigel (2020) Sedimentary landscape of Mun Valley prehistoric site: construction history of moated site of Ban Non Wat, northeast Thailand. Quaternary, 3 (1). 3.

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This research examines the sedimentological evidence of human occupation on different cultural layers at the prehistoric archaeological sites in northeast Thailand. This study focuses on the sedimentological characters of stratigraphic layers identified at the prehistoric occupation sites of Ban Non Wat and Nong Hua Raet, to demonstrate the capacity of such analyses to elucidate the modification of sediments by past anthropogenic activity, and eventually to contribute to an enhanced understanding of the behaviour of ancient people. The primary intention of this paper is, therefore, to point out potential uses of particle analysis in identifying human-landscape interventions, testing whether meaningful differentiation is possible, and if not, whether this may nevertheless be used to understand the sedimentological relationships between different features. The study finds that although there is relatively little differentiation between sediments across the archaeological site, some insight is possible in identifying relationships between the natural sediments of the floodplain, the channels associated with the archaeological sites, and the archaeological sediments themselves. It is, for example, now possible to raise new questions regarding the construction history of the sites, the history of human behaviour at these sites, socio-spatial relationships between paleo-social activity and natural resources, and fine-scale landscape associations between sites.

Item ID: 62911
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2571-550X
Keywords: northeast Thailand, prehistoric settlement, sedimentology, anthropogenic sediments, Mastersizer
Copyright Information: ©2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Funders: Southern Cross University
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2020 07:32
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430102 Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas @ 33%
37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3705 Geology > 370509 Sedimentology @ 34%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440199 Anthropology not elsewhere classified @ 33%
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