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Photos: "Body Jars," Cliff Coffins Are Clues to Unknown Tribe [ Cambodia ]
National Geographic News ^ | May 15, 2012 | John Miksic

Posted on 05/19/2012 6:06:43 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Skulls and other human bones poke from large ceramic jars at Khnorng Sroal, one of the newly dated mountainside burials in southwestern Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains.

The bones were placed in the 20-inch-tall (50-centimeter-tall) body jars only after the bodies had decomposed or had been picked clean by scavenging animals, according to the study, which is published in the latest issue of the journal Radiocarbon.

"The Cardamom highlanders may have used some form of exposure of the body to de-flesh the bones, like the 'sky burials' known in other cultures," study leader Beavan said.

Placing the sky-high burials couldn't have been easy, according to Beavan. Systems of ropes and bamboo baskets may have been used to raise or lower the urns and coffins to some of the trickier sites, she speculated.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: cambodia; godsgravesglyphs; khmerempire
Body Jars

Body Jars

1 posted on 05/19/2012 6:06:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
No Pol Pot jokes please. ;')

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 05/19/2012 6:12:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Much like charnel houses of old. We’re too squeamish for that stuff now.


3 posted on 05/19/2012 7:58:31 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: SunkenCiv

“Picked clean by scavenging animals” - Coyotes....nature’s undertakers.


4 posted on 05/19/2012 8:58:27 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SunkenCiv

Geez....when Grandma said that Grandpa was “in the pot”, I thought she meant he was in the bathroom.


5 posted on 05/19/2012 8:59:46 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Postmortem cultural practices research by Xavier Carnation...


6 posted on 05/19/2012 9:22:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Josey Wales: To hell with them fellas. Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.
7 posted on 05/19/2012 11:48:32 AM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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