Arab-style ship uncovered in Samut Sakhon Province

The Phanomsurin, discovered in Samut Sakhon Province. Source: Bangkok Post, 20140603

One for the boat nerds!

The Phanomsurin, discovered in Samut Sakhon Province. Source: Bangkok Post, 20140603
The Phanomsurin, discovered in Samut Sakhon Province. Source: Bangkok Post, 20140603

Up from the deep
Bangkok Post, 03 June 2014

The discovery of a 1,000-year-old Arab-style ship in Samut Sakhon may give a clearer picture of life and trade during the Dvaravati period.

Now buried several metres deep under the muddy ground in a former shrimp farm in Samut Sakhon province, a millennium-old ship once sailed many oceans of the world. The vessel, 25m long, had travelled from from faraway lands to transport a variety of goods to cities on this part of the Earth before it sank here during the Dvaravati period (6th-11th centuries).

Full story here.

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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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