This essay will discuss the research being conducted on Khmer Rouge-era human skeletal remains in Cambodia, and the implications of this work. First, the Cambodian project to conserve and analyze the remains at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (Choeung Ek) will be briefly discussed. This exceptional undertaking was the first complete scientific analysis of human remains from a Cambodian mass gravesite. Second, the author’s independent research at Choeung Ek and a collaborative project at another mass gravesite will be reviewed. The author’s research focuses on the traumatic injuries and demographics of the remains at Choeung Ek, while also incorporating cultural understandings of these memorials. Finally, the importance of this work within Cambodia and the international community will be examined; this essay will attempt to situate the research being undertaken in Cambodia within the broader framework of human rights after atrocity.



Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Additional Files

Figure1.JPG (7200 kB)
The inside of the memorial stupa at Choeung Ek

Figure2.jpg (904 kB)
The author conducting research at Choeung Ek

Figure 3.jpg (878 kB)
The Krang Ta Chan memorial and remains in Takeo, Cambodia

Figure 4.jpg (784 kB)
The original map of skulls at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The photograph is undated, but was likely taken in the 1980s. Photo courtesey of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum archives.