book reviews Mekong. This means that iron-ore deposits are distributed near Lao Pako. It was probably not dicult for Lao Pako people to retrieve iron ore. Prehistoric people used material depending on the ease of extraction; for example, the people of Ban Don Phlong, Buriram Province, used iron nodules as material because they lacked iron ore. No iron-working features were found at Lao Pako. The excavation of the ironworking site at Ban Don Phlong provides a glimpse of what a prehistoric iron-working site would have looked like (Nitta 1997). I believe Lao Pako used the same features as Ban Don Phlong to produce iron. At Ban Don Phlong they built a shaft furnace of clay, connected a clay tuyere with pipe, and inserted a double piston bellows into the furnace. They produced wrought iron by the direct method, refined it, and made iron tools in the final stage. Lao Pako is a very interesting site for continued studies on jar burial customs and iron-working activities in Laos and in the Mekong Basin. REFERENCES CITED FAD (Fine Arts Department) 1992 Archaeology of Pak Mun. Bangkok: FAD and EGAT. Higham, Charles, and Amphan Kijngam 1984 Prehistoric Investigations in Northeastern Thailand.
Asian Perspectives – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 20, 2003
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