Journal article

Ban Pha Tai: The excavation and dating of a buried megalithic jar in Xieng Khouang, Lao PDR

D O'Reilly, L Shewan, M Khamphouvong, A Butphachit, T Luangkoth, N Skopal, S Bounxayhip

Archaeological Research in Asia | Published : 2021


Thousands of carved stone jars dot the landscape of Northern Laos, yet little is known about this expansive megalithic culture, the people who carved and transported the jars, or where they lived. The jar sites, now numbering in excess of 120, are identified primarily by the presence of exposed 1–3 m tall stone jars, with stone discs and exotic grave-marker boulders also recorded at some sites. Much less common is in the incidence of buried stone jars, noted from as few as eighteen sites, though it is likely more exist, concealed beneath dense forest cover. In this paper, we present the findings from a site known as Site 67, located near the village of Ban Pha Tai in Xieng Khouang Province, ..

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