Journal article

A Bioarchaeological Study of Trauma at Late Iron Age to Protohistoric Non Ban Jak, Northeast Thailand.

L Pedersen, Kate Domett, N Chang, sian Halcrow, H Buckley, D O'Reilly, Louise Shewan

Asian Perspectives: the journal of archaeology for Asia and the Pacific | University of Hawaii Press | Published : 2019


The Late Iron Age to early historic period site of Non Ban Jak (ca. fourth to eighth centuries a.d.), in the Upper Mun River Valley, northeast Thailand, provides one of the largest and best preserved skeletal samples from an important period of change in social and technological complexity in prehistoric Southeast Asia. This study assessed the patterning of individual-level trauma prevalence and long bone fracture rates in this community to determine the level of risk of injury and the possible relationship with cultural change. One quarter (25.5%) of adults experienced antemortem or perimortem trauma. This level of trauma is high when compared to other Iron Age sites in the Southeast Asian ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund

Funding Acknowledgements

The excavations of Non Ban Jak were funded under a grant from the Australian Research Council 2011-2013 (DP110101997) led by Dougald O'Reilly and Louise Shewan, as well as a University of Otago Research Grant (2015) and Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund (UOO1508/2016-2019), awarded to Hallie Buckley, Charles Higham, and Sian Halcrow. We would like to acknowledge the in-field support given by Jack Wood, Tara Thara, Wilbert Yee, Christina Sewall, Sam Sewall, Helen Bauer, Vickie Jarvis, Roger Prior, and Gay Stryker. Finally, the skilled team of local excavators continue to be invaluable to the mission of uncovering ancient Thailand.