Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Mysterious tribe left bodies in jars


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


Image credit: CC 3.0 Prsjl

 
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."

  View: Full article |  Source: National Geographic

  Discuss: View comments (18)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
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?


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Earth to see 25-hour days as rotation slows
12-7-2016
Scientists have been attempting to work out how long it will take for us to gain an extra hour per day.
Germany's nuclear fusion reactor really works
12-6-2016
Scientists have confirmed that the experimental machine is operating with 'unprecedented accuracy'.
Mysterious 'sea blob' sighted after 100 years
12-6-2016
A strange-looking invertebrate has been spotted by a deep-sea ROV over a century after its discovery.
Mystery surrounds Australia's Min Min Lights
12-6-2016
Strange balls of light have puzzled visitors and locals alike in Western Queensland for over a century.
Other news in this category
7,000-year-old lost city unearthed in Egypt
Posted 11-26-2016 | 8 comments
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient city and graveyard at Abydos in southern Egypt....
 
Ancient Egyptian mummy unearthed near Luxor
Posted 11-14-2016 | 13 comments
Discovered in a tomb by Spanish archaeologists, the well-preserved mummy dates back over 3,000 years....
 
Did the ancient Scots eat roasted rodents ?
Posted 10-22-2016 | 24 comments
Forget haggis - Neolithic Scots living on the islands may have once had an appetite for the humble vole....
 
Two 'secret rooms' found within Great Pyramid
Posted 10-18-2016 | 602 comments
Two previously-unknown cavities have been identified within the walls of Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza....
 
25 unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls unveiled
Posted 10-10-2016 | 22 comments
A selection of never-before-seen Dead Sea Scroll fragments have been published in two new books....
 
Ancient burnt scroll is 'virtually unwrapped'
Posted 9-22-2016 | 8 comments
Scientists have used cutting-edge techniques to read a charred scroll dating back over 1,500 years....
 
Skeleton found at the Antikythera shipwreck
Posted 9-20-2016 | 2 comments
Divers have unearthed 2,000-year-old skeletal remains within the wreckage of a Roman-era cargo ship....
 
Blue jeans' color originated 6,200 years ago
Posted 9-18-2016 | 2 comments
New evidence suggests that indigo dyes were first used 1,800 years earlier than previously believed....
 
Easter Islanders were not wiped out in a war
Posted 8-22-2016 | 11 comments
A new study has suggested that the inhabitants of Easter Island were not destroyed by warfare....
 
Hidden images found in 500-year-old codex
Posted 8-21-2016 | 6 comments
A mysterious deer-hide manuscript from Mexico has revealed a series of hidden storytelling images....
 
Giant timber circle found next to Stonehenge
Posted 8-15-2016 | 5 comments
Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of a huge circle of timber posts just two miles from Stonehenge....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ