Archaeology and Archaeozoology of Phum Snay: A Late Prehistoric Cemetery in Northwestern Cambodia

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2006
Authors
O'Reilly, Dougald J.W.
von den Driesch, Angela
Voeun, Vuthy
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University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Abstract
This paper analyzes faunal remains excavated from the late prehistoric cemetery of Phum Snay in northwestern Cambodia. The material comprises two different components: (1) animal bones as grave goods and (2) bone fragments originating from settlement activities. The mammal and bird remains from the graves derive exclusively from domestic animals and include water buffalo, cattle, pigs, and possibly a chicken. In most cases, one or two limbs from the left side of the body of one or two species were deposited in a grave. Fish were also incorporated in the grave cult. The animal bones found in nonburial contexts reveal a broad-spectrum foraging economy that exploited a wide range of ecosystems: forests, grass- and marshlands, rivers, and inundated fields, resulting in the capture of deer, boar, smaller carnivores, cranes, tortoises, turtles, monitor lizards, crocodiles, and fish. KEYWORDS: animal bones, burial goods, economic activities, late prehistoric time, Cambodia.
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animal bones, burial goods, economic activities, late prehistoric time, Cambodia
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O'Reilly, D. J. W., A. von den Driesch, and V. Voeun. 2006. Archaeology and Archaeozoology of Phum Snay: A Late Prehistoric Cemetery in Northwestern Cambodia. Asian Perspectives 45 (2): 189-211.
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