Laos – History of Laos from the Stone Age to today

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People probably first walked or rowed boats to Laos from India, following the coast. Then they came inland from Vietnam about 44,000 BC. These early people lived mostly by fishing in the rivers (since Laos doesn’t have any ocean coastline). But by the 3000s BC, the people of Laos started to farm some of their food. Probably they learned to farm rice from their northern neighbors in China. Around 1500 BC, they started to use bronze. Again, they probably learned about bronze from China. These people made burial jars out of pottery, too. They started to use iron about 700 BC.

Not too long after 700 AD, people from southern China moved to Laos and Thailand.

By |2017-10-23T12:33:05+00:00October 22nd, 2017|History, Southeast Asia|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Laos – History of Laos from the Stone Age to today. Study Guides, October 22, 2017. Web. December 15, 2018.

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Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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