The History and Practice of Archaeology in Laos

  • Ben MarwickEmail author
  • Bounheung Bouasisengpaseuth


Archaeological discoveries in Laos have made contributions to our understanding of the earliest humans in the eastern hemisphere, as well as human behavior during the later Pleistocene. The country is strategically located for investigating the transition from foragers to farmers, but the archaeological record recovered so far is sparse. Currently the Iron Age in Laos is the best-documented period, with diverse and innovative themes represented in the literature. There is a small population of professional local archaeologists, employed by the government, who are engaged in cultural resource management activities, frequently in collaboration with international teams.


Laos Archaeology Pleistocene Holocene Cultural heritage 



Thanks to Nigel Chang and Joyce White for information on legislation and the organization of government offices relevant to cultural heritage management and archaeology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Ministry of Culture and InformationVientianeLao People’s Democratic Republic

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