Secondary burial practice at megalithic jar site 1, Plain of Jars Laos

O'Reilly, Dougald, Shewan, Louise, Luangkoth, Thonglith, Domett, Kate, Halcrow, Sian, Khamphouvong, Mailo, Butphachit, Amphai, Sayavongkhamdy, Thongsa, and Heap, Natasha (2023) Secondary burial practice at megalithic jar site 1, Plain of Jars Laos. Asian Archaeology, 7. pp. 105-117.

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In 2020 a Lao/Australian archaeological research team revisited one of the largest megalithic jar sites in Laos, Site 1, and undertook excavations in an effort to more fully understand the ritual practice at the site. This paper reviews previous research undertaken at the site and describes the recent excavation which revealed evidence of secondary burial practice dating to the 8th to thirteenth centuries. The research confirms the use of Site 1 as a burial site where multiple individuals were interred in secondary burials in shared mortuary contexts.

Item ID: 78213
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2520-8101
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Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC DP150101164
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2023 22:44
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44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440103 Biological (physical) anthropology @ 30%
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