Thailand shortlists fossil protection zones

Four sites in northeastern Thailand have been shortlisted as the first fossil protection sites in the country.

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Four fossil sites eyed
Bangkok Post, 27 March 2009

The Mineral Resources Department will select four sites in the Northeast as the country’s first fossil protection zones.

The sites – two in Kalasin province and one each in Loei and Chaiyaphum – are among 20 sites now subject to research and study to gauge their suitability.

The selection will be done under the fossil protection law, which went into effect last year.

“The selection will be a significant step towards preventing illegal activities at those sites,” said Voravudh Suteethorn, director of the Fossil Research and Geological Museum Bureau.

“This has caused crucial pieces of information to be destroyed.”

The fossil protection law is aimed at halting the illegal fossil trade and preserving fossil sites for archaeological and other research work.


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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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