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Authors: Francken, Michael
Title: The human remains of Gò Ô Chùa: preliminary results
Date: 2012
Source: Crossing borders: selected papers from the 13th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists
Place of Publication: Singapore
Publisher: NUS Press
Abstract: The environmental conditions of the Mekong Delta were unfavorable for settlements in prehistoric times. Archaeological and anthropological evidence from this period is rare and little is known about the lifestyle in this region and the social and political organization of their inhabitants. The burials of Gò Ô Chùa in Long An province represent the largest skeletal series in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam dated back to the Early Iron Age of the 4th-1st century BC. So far 52 skeletons have been analyzed, providing general information on the demography, dental pathologies and trauma. The results of the body height estimation demonstrate a disruption to growth within the male specimens while the low frequencies of dental pathologies indicate the excellent oral health of the population. As a special cultural modification feature, a number of teeth show evidence of tooth staining. Healed traumas suggest a lifestyle with a potential for misadventure while no evidence for medical treatment or post-traumatic care was found.
Date Created: 9/25/2013
Editors: Tjoa-Bonatz, Mai Lin
Reinecke, Andreas
Bonatz, Dominik
Volume: 1
Page Start: 257
Page End: 267