Skip to comments.Photos: "Body Jars," Cliff Coffins Are Clues to Unknown Tribe [ Cambodia ]
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.
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No Pol Pot jokes please. ;')
Much like charnel houses of old. We’re too squeamish for that stuff now.
“Picked clean by scavenging animals” - Coyotes....nature’s undertakers.
Geez....when Grandma said that Grandpa was “in the pot”, I thought she meant he was in the bathroom.
Postmortem cultural practices research by Xavier Carnation...