Ancient ovens found to have a magnetic appeal

Magnetometers were used to detect two kilns from the Phitsanulok province in Thailand and are possibly related to kilns in Sukhothai province.

2 April 2007 (The Nation) – Magnetometry saves the day! Actually, no. Magnetometers have been used in archaeology for quite a while already. The magnetometers were used to detect two kilns from the Phitsanulok province in Thailand and are possibly related to kilns in Sukhothai province.

Ancient ovens found to have a magnetic appeal

Armed with hi-tech equipment and advanced technology, government archaeologists and surveyors are excavating two historic sites in Phitsanulok believed to contain more than 50 16th-century kilns.

The first site is an 11-rai plot at the Ta Pa Khao temple and school in Muang district. The other is at the school compound next to an 800-metre stretch of the Nan River. Two kilns were unearthed here in 1984, 3.5 metres below the surface.

The Fine Arts and Mineral Resources departments are conducting the joint excavation. It started on Saturday and should be completed on Sunday.


Related Books:
Thai Ceramic Art by A. Lau (Ed)
Thai ceramics: Ban Chiang, Khmer, Sukothai, Sawankhalok by the Art Galery of South Australia
The Ceramics of Southeast Asia : Their Dating and Identification by R. M. Brown

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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