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

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O'Reilly, Dougald, Shewan, Louise, Luangkoth, Thonglith, Domett, Kate, Halcrow, Siân, 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, p. 105–117. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41826-023-00067-3
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Secondary burial practice at megalithic jar site 1, Plain of Jars Laos

ERA Journal ID211808
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsO'Reilly, Dougald, Shewan, Louise, Luangkoth, Thonglith, Domett, Kate, Halcrow, Siân, Khamphouvong, Mailo, Butphachit, Amphai, Sayavongkhamdy, Thongsa and Heap, Natasha
Journal TitleAsian Archaeology
Journal Citation7, p. 105–117
Number of Pages13
Year2023
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationGermany
ISSN2520-8098
2520-8101
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s41826-023-00067-3
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41826-023-00067-3
Abstract

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.

KeywordsMegaliths ; Archaeology ; Laos
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440103. Biological (physical) anthropology
430199. Archaeology not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsAustralian National University
University of Melbourne
Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism, Laos
James Cook University
University of Otago, New Zealand
University of Southern Queensland
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