Traditions of Jars as Mortuary Containers in the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago

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    Earthenware and imported ceramic jars were from time to time used as mortuary containers across a large swathe of the Indo-Malaysian Archipelago. As noted by Peter Bellwood, this deployment of earthenwares has Neolithic origins, and burgeoned during approximately the first millennium AD. The assemblages were frequently dominated by disposals in mortuary jars but these were one of a variety of mortuary practices at other sites. Defining a jar-burial tradition as a potentially independent development of the use of jars as mortuary containers, we may provisionally identify 14 geographically discrete jar-burial traditions within the archipelago.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Perspectives in Southeast Asian and Pacific Prehistory
    Editors Phillip Piper, Hirofumi Matsumura and David Bulbeck
    Place of PublicationActon, Australia
    PublisherANU Press
    ISBN (Print)9781760460945
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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