The open-air site of Huai Hin (Northwestern Thailand): Chronological perspectives for the Hoabinhian

Hubert FORESTIER, Valéry ZEITOUN, Chinnawut WINAYALAI & Christophe MÉTAIS

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 12 (1) - Pages 45-55

Published on 31 January 2013

The Hoabinhian is well known in Southeast Asian prehistoric studies, where it has been considered both a chronological period and a cultural entity. However, recent work suggests it should more appropriately be considered a functional technocomplex. Although most often described from sites in Vietnam and Thailand, it has also been recognized in northern Sumatra and Cambodia. Here, we present a series of Hoabinhian stone tools discovered during fieldwork carried out by the Thai-French Paleosurvey at the Huai Hin site found on the eastern bank of the Salaween River near the Thai-Burmese border. Although the technological analysis of this material supplies new evidence for Hoabinhian regional variability, new dates from this open-air site also provide a useful reference point for constructing a regional chrono-cultural sequence for Southeast Asian prehistory.


Southeast Asia, Holocene, Stone tools, Hoabinhian

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