Category Archives: Laos

Digging at Tham An Mah

The third day of digging at the cave site, the trenches were down to about a foot or so. Two large bones were sticking out of the one-by-one. Helen said they looked human, but they wouldn’t know until the rest of them was uncovered. A piece of skull revealed itself in the one-by-two as well […]

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Party with the Villagers of Xieng Mouk

[youtube=] One the way back down from Tham An Ma, we walked through the village of Ban Xieng Mouk. (Ban means Village so that’s a bit redundant.) The people were celebrating a wedding. A few women women were frying seaweed and cooking pho on the outdoor clay ovens. People seated at a picnic table under […]

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First Day in Luang Prabang

I was terrified to see that our airplane actually had propellers, but the flight was surprisingly steady. The airport was right out of Fantasy Island. Even the customs and visa staff were smiling ear to ear. We met Elizabeth from the MMAP team and two other researchers and took a van into town. The drive […]

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About MMAP

The Mekong River is one of the world’s great rivers, but very little is known about its prehistoric human settlement. The Middle Mekong Archaeological Project (MMAP), conceived in 2001, seeks to investigate human settlement of the Mekong Valley with a research program beginning in Luang Prabang in northern Laos. Since 2005, MMAP has conducted a […]

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Happy New Year!

We arrived in bangkok last night about half an hour before it turned midnight. The hotel shuttle drove us past flickering relfections of fireworks in the river! My traveling companion is 6 and a half feet tall, and it was a miracle that we were able to upgrade to Business class on the flight from […]

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Typhoid, Malaria, and Hepatitis

As the departure date gets closer, I’m realizing there are many more things to consider when preparing to visit a developing country as opposed to plain old Europe. Visas I had to overnight the Visa application to the Lao Embassy along with the passport, three 2″ pictures, postage-paid return envelope, and a $50 money order. […]

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Beneath the Surface at the Penn Museum