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Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Demeter, Fabrice
Patole-Edoumba, Elise
Duringer, Philippe
Bacon, Anne-Marie
Pheng Syth,
Bano, Maxim
Vin Laychour,
Mao Cheangleng,
Vân Sari
Title: Reinterpretation of an archaeological pebble culture from the Middle Mekong River Valley, Cambodia
Date: 2010
Source: Geoarchaeology
Abstract: In 1963, E. Saurin and J.-P. Carbonnel discovered the Sre Sbov site on an alluvial terrace of the Mekong River in central Cambodia. Saurin described a lithic typology dating to the Lower/Middle Pleistocene from this site. Although the original lithic assemblage has been lost, this typology has been used continuously as a reference by Southeast Asian prehistorians. In 2007, a Khmer–French team conducted excavations at Sre Sbov that yielded numerous pebbles and cobbles showing apparently convincing handmade removals, as Saurin had previously described. However, an in-depth study of this assemblage, combined with a geological survey of the area, led to the conclusion that the stones were, in fact, of natural origin, and that for this reason their typology should be disregarded. Using satellite imagery and geological surveys, we explain how such a misinterpretation may have occurred and define a “buffer zone,” corresponding to the maximal extent of the proto-Mekong River, where fluvially reworked pebbles and cobbles resembling artifacts may be recovered.
Date Created: 2/29/2016
Volume: 25
Number: 1
Page Start: 75
Page End: 95