The Thaland National Museum in Phuket, Thailand responds to allegations that beads excavated in 2005 are missing – they were taken off the display stands for research.
Archaeologist confirms 2,000-year-old relics safe in Phuket
Phuket Gazette, 28 July 2011
An inquiry into the whereabouts of ancient beads, ceramic vases and glass shards excavated by a Phuket archaeological team in 2005 has revealed that the artifacts are safe on the island.
The relics are all estimated to be more than 2,000 years old.
A letter of complaint was filed with the Crime Suppression Division by Sutha Pratheep Na Thalang on March 14.
The letter, submitted on the behalf of the â€œpeople of Phuketâ€, claimed that the beads were not put on display at Thalang National Museum, as required by Thai law.
Reports made by Thai TV Channel 3 called the archaeologists who found the beads into question, but Capt Boonyarit Chaisuwan of the 15th Regional Office of Fine Arts â€“ and a member of the excavation team who found the beads â€“ announced yesterday that the beads were still on Phuket.