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Mysterious tribe left bodies in jars

Posted on Monday, 21 May, 2012 | Comment icon 18 comments


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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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Comment icon #9 Posted by serial slasher on 22 May, 2012, 3:56
they must have been very sacred to the tribe if they would put there remains 160' up a cliff.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mistress of Shadows on 22 May, 2012, 13:30
@Myles: All the lovely people...where do they all come from?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles on 22 May, 2012, 14:41
@Myles: All the lovely people...where do they all come from? Ah, look at all the lonely people Ah, look at all the lonely people Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been Lives in a dream Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door Who is it for? All the lonely people Where do they all come from ? All the lonely people Where do they all belong ? Father McKenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear No one comes near. Look at him working. Darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there What does he care ? All the ... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by OverSword on 22 May, 2012, 17:30
from the article These sites have been found in various parts of the mountains including 160ft up a cliff presumably to prevent poachers from disturbing the remains. Yeah, well probably not poachers, probably more like grave robbers or archeologists. Good luck with that.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Myles on 22 May, 2012, 17:53
from the article These sites have been found in various parts of the mountains including 160ft up a cliff presumably to prevent poachers from disturbing the remains. Yeah, well probably not poachers, probably more like grave robbers or archeologists. Good luck with that. Sometimes there is a fine line between the 2.
Comment icon #14 Posted by DieChecker on 22 May, 2012, 19:46
from the article These sites have been found in various parts of the mountains including 160ft up a cliff presumably to prevent poachers from disturbing the remains. Yeah, well probably not poachers, probably more like grave robbers or archeologists. Good luck with that. You know what someone is going to come along and say pretty soon? That the jars were not placed UP the cliff, but down from the top, by the Aliens.
Comment icon #15 Posted by the L on 22 May, 2012, 20:09
You know what someone is going to come along and say pretty soon? That the jars were not placed UP the cliff, but down from the top, by the Aliens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzI3mCgvuys Resistance is futile.
Comment icon #16 Posted by the L on 22 May, 2012, 20:15
That was a joke. Anyway I wish to learn more about Priya myth but only I found AA sites. Magical water to create stones sound interesting.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Emin on 29 May, 2012, 13:20
Seems reasonable for the resting place of the deceased to be placed upon a hill it is like a naturally formed temple.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Qwaiser on 1 June, 2012, 21:26
This is really interesting...the bodies were put in the jars after the flesh had decomposed...jars and log coffins..could it be their way of preserving the dead? like how the eygptians performed mummifications?


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