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Comptes Rendus Palevol
Volume 12, n° 1
pages 45-55 (janvier 2013)
Doi : 10.1016/j.crpv.2012.09.003
Received : 24 August 2012 ;  accepted : 17 September 2012
Human palaeontology and prehistory / Human palaeontology and prehistory

The open-air site of Huai Hin (Northwestern Thailand): Chronological perspectives for the Hoabinhian
Le site de plein-air de Huai Hin (Nord-Ouest de la Thaïlande) : perspectives chronologiques pour le Hoabinhien

Hubert Forestier a, , Valéry Zeitoun b, Chinnawut Winayalai c, Christophe Métais d
a UMR 7194 MNHN CNRS, 1, rue René-Panhard, 75013 Paris, France 
b UMR 9993 du CNRS Musée Guimet, 19, avenue d’Iéna, 75116 Paris, France 
c 8th Regional Office of Fine Arts Department, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand 
d 7, rue du Bois-de-la-Brie-Jorigny, 86370 Vivonne, France 

Corresponding author.

The Hoabinhian is well known in Southeast Asian prehistoric studies, where it has been considered both a chronological period and a cultural entity. However, recent work suggests it should more appropriately be considered a functional technocomplex. Although most often described from sites in Vietnam and Thailand, it has also been recognized in northern Sumatra and Cambodia. Here, we present a series of Hoabinhian stone tools discovered during fieldwork carried out by the Thai-French Paleosurvey at the Huai Hin site found on the eastern bank of the Salaween River near the Thai-Burmese border. Although the technological analysis of this material supplies new evidence for Hoabinhian regional variability, new dates from this open-air site also provide a useful reference point for constructing a regional chrono-cultural sequence for Southeast Asian prehistory.

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La préhistoire du Sud-Est asiatique est connue pour le Hoabinhien qui, au cours du temps, a été considéré comme une période chronologique ou une culture technique et nécessite désormais d’être davantage considéré comme un complexe technofonctionnel lithique. Plus couramment décrit au Vietnam et en Thaïlande, il est également reconnu au Nord de Sumatra et au Cambodge. Lors d’une recherche de terrain menée par le Thai-French Paleosurvey sur la rive orientale de la rivière Salawen à la frontière thaïe-birmane, des outils lithiques ont été mis au jour dans la localité de Huai Hin. L’étude technologique du matériel conduit à mettre en avant des particularismes régionaux et la datation réalisée sur ce site de plein-air contribue à la construction d’un réferentiel chronoculturel régional très utile pour la préhistoire du Sud-est asiatique.

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Keywords : Southeast Asia, Holocene, Stone tools, Hoabinhian

Mots clés : Asie du Sud-Est, Holocène, Outils lithiques, Hoabinhien

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