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Zeitoun V.,French National Center for Scientific Research | Forestier H.,IRD Montpellier | Pierret A.,IRD Montpellier | Chiemsisouraj C.,Institute Dhistoire Of Lacademie Lao Des Science Sociales | And 4 more authors.
Comptes Rendus - Palevol | Year: 2012

With over half a century of political instability, resulting from armed conflicts, decolonisation and the Cold War, archaeological investigations in Laos have been rare, leaving little more than a blank page in the chapter of Southeast Asia's prehistory. Recent research has shown that Laos holds a rich prehistoric heritage. In conjunction with the research initiated by J. White who conducted the first professional archaeological survey of northern Laos since decades, we have extended the investigations to the Luang Namtha province. This work allowed us to gather important data about Hoabinhian stone tool assemblages and former cultures. In particular, the archaeological remains and dating from the Ngeubhinh Mouxeu rock-shelter indicate that this mountainous region of Laos has been inhabited over a long period of time that possibly spans as far back as 56,000 ± 3000 BP. © 2012 Académie des sciences. Source

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