Journal article

Revisiting Prei Khmeng: the excavation of an Iron Age settlement and cemetery in Cambodia

Louise Shewan, Dougald O'Reilly, K Domett, A Sopheap

Asian Perspectives | Asian Perspectives | Published : 2020


Prei Khmeng, a village 13 km northwest of Siem Reap, Cambodia, is noted for the presence of one of the region’s earliest monuments, Prasat Prei Khmeng. Aside from its ruined temple, Prei Khmeng is an important prehistoric occupation site that immediately pre-dates the foundation of the temple. First excavated by a Franco-Cambodian team in the early 2000s, the site was revisited in 2014 by an Australian-Cambodian research team. Recent research revealed Iron Age domestic occupation as well as inhumation burials. The burial assemblage provides evidence of regional trade and exchange and mortuary wealth differentiation. Bioarchaeological examination of the individuals interred at the site reveal..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the participation and acquiescence of the people of Prei Khmeng, the APSARA Authority, and the Government of Cambodia for their generous support and cooperation, including Bun Narith, Ros Borath, Mao Larr, and especially our close collaborators, Tan Boun Suy, Dr. Tin Tina, An Sopheap, Kim Samnang, Im Sokrithy, Ea Darith, and Chhay Rachana. Also gratitude to Tho Thon and Sieng Rosath, both of whom made an invaluable contribution to this effort. Thanks also to the International Center of Research and Documentation of Angkor, Department of Conservation of Monuments and Preventative Archaeology. We thank the Australian Research Council for supporting the research through the Discovery Grants programme under grant DP110101997. We are grateful for the support of our colleagues in the field, Suy Pov in particular, and our volunteers and students including Lauren Whiteford. Thanks also to the staff of the Robert Christie Research Center for their support, especially So Malay.