An unknown tribe has left valuable clues in the form of 'body jars' found around the Cardamom Mountains.
Little is known about this mysterious Cambodian tribe apart from the fact that part of their burial rituals involved placing the bodies or bones of the deceased in to jars or other containers. These sites have been found in various parts of the mountains including 160ft up a cliff presumably to prevent poachers from disturbing the remains.
Radiocarbon-dating has placed the "bone jars" to between 1395 and 1650 AD during the decline of the Khmer Empire. The search goes on for more clues that could help reveal who these mysterious tribesmen were and what was behind their unusual burial practices.
"Perched in some cases on precarious cliff ledges, centuries-old log coffins—such as this one, pictured alongside researcher Nancy Beavan—and "body jars" are the only known traces of an unknown Cambodian tribe."
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