Research centre to open in Ban Chiang

A study and resource centre will be set up in Ban Chiang, in Thailand, one of Southeast Asia’s most important bronze age sites known for its distinctive red painted pottery.

Dig site to open study centre
Bangkok Post, 27 March 2010

Ban Chiang, a popular archaeological site in Udon Thani, will soon become a research and study centre where tourists and members of the public can learn more about the prehistoric settlement.

The planned development of Ban Chiang in Udon Thani’s Nong Han district, listed as World Heritage Site No. 359, follows advice given by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during her visit to the site early last month.

The Princess was interested in archaeological studies and wanted to see the conservation of national treasures.

Fine Arts Department director-general Kriangkrai Sampatchalit put his deputy, Sahawat Naenna, in charge of the project to develop Ban Chiang as a study centre.

Ban Chiang village dates back to the Bronze Age and is built on the site of an ancient cemetery. The earliest grave dates from about 2100 BC.


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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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