Site 67


Ban Pha Tai: Pha Tai village, Phaxay district. This site was visited and geolocated by Skopal and Bounxayhip in 2020. Site 67 is also known as Ban Pha Tai for the small, nearby village. There are two groups here but Group 1 comprises two jars which were excavated by locals and moved to their present location. Group 2 sits on a promontory which has evidence of quarrying activity with some incomplete jars in situ and some completed buried jars nearby, one of which was excavated in February 2020 by PJARP. The XKPG previously noted nine jars at Ban Pha Tai (DoH 2019). The authors confirmed the jar count of nine jars distributed across two groups. Group 1 features seven jars positioned on a low-lying spur a few meters above the surrounding paddy farmland, with jars appearing unfinished. Two granite outcrops sit at the base of the group, indicating that it was likely a quarry and production site as well. Group 2, located 165 m northeast of Group 1, on slightly raised terrain overlooking the surrounding farmland, originally comprised two buried granite jars. Local informants reported that the jars were excavated by the landowners in early 2019 as they were constructing a dwelling. The jars have flat and recessed inner rim plus outer rim styles, and the authors observed ceramic sherds around the jars. One of the recently excavated jars in Group 2 bears a carving near the rim (180 × 230 mm) depicting a reversed anthropomorphic figure with the head pointing towards the base of the jar.

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Group Jars Discs
Site 67, Group 1 6 0
Site 67, Group 2 2 0

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