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

by Dougald W. O'Reilly & Collective

The 2001 excavation campaign at Phum Snay, a prehistoric archeological site discovered the previous year.

Phum Snay

Publication: Asian Perspectives, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 188-21 | University of Hawai'i Press

Published: October 2006

Authors: Dougald W. O'Reilly & Collective

Pages: 24

Language : English

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The site dates roughly between 500 BC and AD 500. Its location (80 km northwest of Angkor), the number of weapons found in the graves, and the multiple lesions shown by human remains, point toward a burial place for fighters.

"In addition, the presence of the zebu cattle in this part of Southeast Asia could be evidenced for the first time," note the authors.

Authored by Dougald W. O'Reilly, Angela von den Driesch, and Vuthy Voeun.

Tags: burial, funerary rites, Pre-Angkorian

About the Authors

Dougald Oreilly

Dougald W. O'Reilly

An Associate Professor at the College of Arts & Social Sciences, Australian National University, Douglas W. O'Reilly is an archaelogist active in Cambodia since 1999.

In response to the looting of archaeological sites in Cambodia, a non-governmental organization called Heritage Watch was founded by O'Reilly in 2003 to combat the loss of heritage in Cambodia. Heritage Watch established a nationwide education campaign highlighting the importance of heritage and continues to work in heritage preservation, currently running a programme called Heritage for Kids.

After being a UNESCO lecturer at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh from 1999 to 2006, Dougald O'Reilly lectured at the University of Sydney, Australia, from 2006 to 2008, was a visiting lecturer at Yale University in 2008-09, and is currently employed with the Australian National University (ANU), while conducting archaeological research in Laos.