Human bones lie inside a log coffin at Phnom Pel—one of four newly dated burial sites that mark the remnants of a vanished culture from Cambodia. The burials date to the last days of the Khmer Empire, which controlled large swaths of Southeast Asia from its Cambodian base at Angkor, more than a hundred miles away. However, the empire had little cultural impact on the mountainside grave-builders, the study team believes. For one thing, the people of Angkor followed the Hindu and Buddhist practice of cremation, Beavan said.
(Source: National Geographic)