Cliffs near Thai rock art site collapse, paintings not damaged

Pha Taem in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

The rock face from cliffs near the rock art site of Pha Taem, in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province, collapsed earlier this month, sparking fears that the paintings were in danger. Fortunately, they do not appear to be, although geologists reportedly looking into the stability of the site. The Pha Taem rock art is one of the longest panels of prehistoric paintings in Southeast Asia. Bonus trivia: They were recently featured in the first episode of the X-Files!

Pha Taem in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
Pha Taem in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

Pha Taem cliff paintings undamaged, says governor
Bangkok Post, 01 February 2016

Pha Taem does not collapse
Thai PBS, 01 February 2016

Safety fears at Pha Taem
The Nation, 02 February 2016

Efforts to preserve prehistoric paintings at Pha Taem start
Thai PBS, 06 February 2016

Media reports the prehistoric Pha Taem paintings had been seriously damaged by rock falling from the crumbling cliff face were incorrect, Ubon Ratchathani governor Somsak Jangtrakul said on Monday

The crumbling cliff referred to was 6km away from the rock paintings, which had not been damaged, the governor said.

The Daily News Online carried a report on Monday saying the local Khong Chiam district chief had reported that the cliff started crumbling away again in late December, seriously damaging most of the remaining rock paintings.

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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