Fine Arts Department officials decline evacuation from Ayutthaya

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Flooded Ayutthaya, The Nation 20111011

Fine Arts officials decline evacuation to safeguard Ayutthaya treasures
The Nation, 11 October 2011

Some of approximately 100 officials from the Region 3 Fine Arts Office who were marooned with a group of local residents in flooded Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park yesterday said they would stay to watch over the park’s ancient artefacts.

Fine Arts Department chief Somsuda Leyavanija said the stranded officials guarding the park, along with the Chawsamphraya National Museum and Chantharakasem National Museum, had insisted on staying because they were worried artefacts might be lost. The department had provided some supplies, but Somsuda urged the provincial governor to assist by sending them more drinking water and food.

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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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