Ethnographic Analogy and the Archaeological Record of Northern Thailand : Insights from Mlabri Hunter-Gatherers and Tham Lod Rockshelter Archaeofauna

Cyler Conrad





Ethnographic analogy is commonly employed to understand artifactual data in the archaeological record. In mainland Southeast Asia, a rich ethnographic record provides several analogous examples to compare with the broad array of late Pleistocene and Holocene sites throughout the region. This article reviews the Mlabri, a hunter-gatherer group from northern Thailand, and examines the use of Mlabri ethnographic analogy to understand the zooarchaeological record at Tham Lod Rockshelter. The results suggest that Mlabri sex and age based foraging strategies are favorable ethnographic correlates that can be applied to the archaeological record. In late Pleistocene deposits at Tham Lod, differential sex (including children and elderly) based foraging strategies may be present.


(Published in Rian Thai: International Journal of Thai Studies, Volume 9/2016, Page 71-96)


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