About the Project

April 19th, 1975. Three archaeologists excavating BCES Square D6 layer 10 which includes BCES Burial 2 in the lower left corner of this image.
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The village of Ban Chiang: April 19th, 1975. Three archaeologists are excavating BCES Square D6 layer 10 which includes BCES Burial 2 in the lower left corner of this image.
The village of Ban Chiang: April 19th, 1975. Three archaeologists are excavating BCES Square D6 layer 10 which includes BCES Burial 2 in the lower left corner of this image.

The Ban Chiang Project is dedicated to pursuing scientific research on the prehistoric culture revealed by the excavations at the site of Ban Chiang and neighboring sites in northern northeast Thailand. The investigations are being conducted by a multinational, multidisciplinary team of scholars. Work on Ban Chiang at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is now focused on bringing to full publication the excavation undertaken in the 1970s.

The first volume of the Ban Chiang Monograph Series, “Ban Chiang, a prehistoric village site in northeast Thailand I: the human skeletal remains,” appeared in 2001. All of the raw data from the skeletal analysis is available for download. Volumes on the metallurgy, the burials, and the stratigraphy are in preparation. The metallurgical data can be accessed and downloaded.

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