Tam Hang Rockshelter: Preliminary Study of a Prehistoric Site in Northern Laos

dc.contributor.author Demeter, Fabrice en_US
dc.contributor.author Sayavongkhamdy, Thongsa en_US
dc.contributor.author Patole-Edoumba, Elise en_US
dc.contributor.author Coupey, Anne-Sophie en_US
dc.contributor.author Bacon, Anne-Marie en_US
dc.contributor.author De Vos, John en_US
dc.contributor.author Tougard, Christelle en_US
dc.contributor.author Bouasisengpaseuth, Bounheuang en_US
dc.contributor.author Sichanthongtip, Phonephanh en_US
dc.contributor.author Duringer, Philippe en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-23T18:12:04Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-23T18:12:04Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract In February 1934, Jacques Fromaget, from the Geological Service of Indochina, discovered the Tam Hang site in northern Laos. The site is a rockshelter, located on the southeastern slope of the Annamitic Chain on the edge of the P’a Hang cliff. The geologist’s excavation revealed considerable faunal remains from the middle Pleistocene as well as human biological and cultural remains from the pre-Holocene period. One of the human skeletons discovered by Fromaget buried beneath the shelter has recently been radiocarbon-dated to 15,740G80 b.p. After being relocated by Thongsa Sayavongkhamdy, an international team carried out new excavations in April 2003. Undisturbed cultural layers from the late Pleistocene and the early Holocene have been identified. The presence of pottery and a lithic industry suggests the use of the site from at least the late Pleistocene into the Holocene. This particularity confers on the site a character rarely found in mainland Southeast Asia. This preliminary study describes the 2003 excavation, the cultural elements found, and presents the historical and archaeological significance of the site in the international context of the quest for human origins that prevailed in the 1930s. en_US
dc.format.extent 18 pages en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0066-8435 (Print) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1535-8283 (E-ISSN) en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/29086
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 48 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Number 2 en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/ en_US
dc.subject Laos en_US
dc.subject Tam Hang en_US
dc.subject rockshelter en_US
dc.subject Pleistocene en_US
dc.subject early Holocene en_US
dc.subject lithic industry en_US
dc.subject pottery en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals. en_US
dc.title Tam Hang Rockshelter: Preliminary Study of a Prehistoric Site in Northern Laos en_US
dc.type Other en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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