The Mekong River.

The Mekong River is one of the world’s great rivers, but very little is known about its prehistoric human settlement. The Middle Mekong Archaeological Project (MMAP), conceived in 2001, seeks to investigate human settlement of the Mekong Valley with a research program beginning in Luang Prabang in northern Laos. Since 2005, MMAP has conducted a groundbreaking collaborative research program of international researchers in this area, including surveys that have identified 85 archaeological sites and excavations at four cave sites. This archaeological fieldwork has yielded thousands of stone and ceramic artifacts, human skeletal remains, and other evidence from over 13,000 years of human habitation in the area. MMAP seeks to resolve long standing archaeological debates on when and how metallurgy and agriculture came to Southeast Asia. This project is also helping budding Lao archaeologists and museologists to build capabilities for Lao cultural heritage preservation, by offering training in archaeological disciplines concurrent with research activities. Read more…

›Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology (ISEAA)
›Henry R. Luce Foundation
National Geographic Society
National Science Foundation
Friends of Ban Chiang (FOBC)
Ministry of Information and Culture, Department of Heritage, Laos
›University of Washington, Seattle
Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, Bangkok
›University College Dublin

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