SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 13, No 2 (2013)

Some Problems of Slab Box Stones at Ban Wang Prachop, Tak Province

Pipad Krajaejun




Abstract


Megalithic culture is a common cultural phenomenon found throughout Asia (Kim 1982). This ritual practice had been descended from Neolithic period to the Iron Age. At present, some tribes in Indonesian archipelago still maintain the ritual of megalithic worship (Munandar, 2011).
There are many main forms of megalithic such as menhir, dolmen, and slab stone box grave. Most of them were built on the purposes of burial, ancestor worship, supernatural spirit, and sacred space. In the year 2008, the writer found a lot of slab stone boxes at Ban Wang Prachop and Nai Sien archeological sites located in Wang Prachop Sub-district, Mueang District, Tak Province, Thailand. Slab stone box (like coffin-shaped) made of many phyllite sheets arranged in rectangular shape were found in both of these archeological sites. Some oblations (goods grave) were found inside but no human remains or bone ashes. Therefore, the writer call them “Slab box stone” in order to avoid confusing with the meaning of grave/coffin (Krajaejun, 2009). These slab box stones are categorized in megalithic culture. It was the first time the slab box stones found in Thailand, so they are the significant evidences worthy for discussion in many issues.

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