via the Western Australian Museum: This report has been collated for the purpose of completing the record of artefacts recovered during excavations undertaken by joint Thai-Australian expeditions in the 1980s. This group represented the Thai Fine Arts Department Underwater Archaeology Division, Silapakorn University, the Thai Ceramic Archaeological Project, the Western Australian Museum, the Australian (now Australasian) Institute for Archaeology, the University of Adelaide, the Art Gallery of South Australia and on occasion, participants of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMO), Special Project in Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA). Participants represented Thailand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Canada, Poland and the United States of America. Included is information recorded by the author whilst participating in excavations of kiln sites at Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai Province and the Bang Rachan or Mae Nam Noi Kiln site, Singburi Province, Thailand during the 1980s. A brief visit was also made to the Ban Bang Pun Kiln site, Suphanburi. The author was also privileged to have been given access to the ceramic sherd collection of the National Museum of the Philippines, Manila and those of the regional museums of Butuan and Cebu cities.

Two centuries of Thai-American friendship

via Bangkok Post, 20 Feb 2018: Part of the celebrations include a US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) allocation to restore and conserve Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya, which was damaged by floods in 2011.

To commemorate the bicentennial of diplomatic ties between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand, the US government and the US Embassy and Consulate in Thailand have been organising various activities in celebration of the important occasion.

Source: Two centuries of Thai-American friendship

Three buildings damaged in Ayutthaya temple fire

via Bangkok Post, 18 Feb 2018:

AYUTTHAYA: Three ancient Thai-style wooden buildings inside Wat Senasanaram Ratchavoraviharn in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district of this former capital were damaged by a fire early on Sunday. Nobody was hurt.

Source: Three buildings damaged in Ayutthaya temple fire

Nan Museum ‘renovation’ comes under fire

via Bangkok Post, 17 Feb 2018:

After being closed for three years for renovations that cost 34.8 million baht, the Nan National Museum has recently reopened — only to be greeted with trenchant criticism over the outcome of the refurbishment.

Source: Museum ‘renovation’ comes under fire

Finding common ground

via Bangkok Post, 11 Feb 2018: Click on the link below to see the video story about archaeology in Mae Hong Son Province, Northern Thailand.

The discovery of a hidden cemetary in Pang Ma Pha district of Mae Hong Son brings past realities alive. — Jetjaras Na Ranong and Apinya Wipatayotin

Source: Finding common ground

ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ “สปาฟา” ยกย่องกรมศิลป์สุดทุ่มเทขุดเขาศรีวิชัย เผย 20 ปีเจอของเป็นตัน ลั่นพร้อมร่วมมือศึกษา

via Matichon, 10 Feb 2018: Excavation in Surat Thani Province. Article is in Thai

สืบเนื่องกรณีการขุดค้นพบหลักฐานทางโบราณคดีจำนวนมากที่เข […]

Source: ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ “สปาฟา” ยกย่องกรมศิลป์สุดทุ่มเทขุดเขาศรีวิชัย เผย 20 ปีเจอของเป็นตัน ลั่นพร้อมร่วมมือศึกษา

Mahakan Fort community loses ‘landmark’ House 99

via The Nation, 09 February 2018: The situation in Bangkok’s Mahakan Fort community looks increasingly worse as the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority backtracks on past promises and demolishes one of the most iconic houses in the 100-year-old community.

The demolition on Thursday of the “landmark” House No 99 in Bangkok’s Mahakan Fort community did not bode well for the remaining 15 antique wooden homes, independent city-planning expert Paranee Sawadirak said.

Source: Mahakan Fort community loses ‘landmark’ House 99 – The Nation

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Culture Ministry calls for return of ancient Thai artefacts from US museums – The Nation

via The Nation, 09 Feb 2018: The Culture Ministry is calling for the return of 11th-century stone lintel that originated at Prasat Khao Lon in Sra Kaew, but it’s now in permanent collections at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

The Culture Ministry is expediting the process seeking the return of more than 100 ancient Thai artefacts from overseas.

Source: Culture Ministry calls for return of ancient Thai artefacts from US museums – The Nation

Tourist returns stolen bricks to Thai temple

via Deutche Welle, 05 February 2018: Tourist steals bricks from Ayutthaya, suffers an ‘unpeaceful’ life, returns them by mail.

An envelope containing three bricks believed to be centuries old and a note in Thai was sent to the Tourism Authority of Thailand last week, said Panupong Paengkul, a tourism official in the ancient city of Ayutthaya where the bricks were reportedly stolen from. “The note indicated that the bricks should be returned to any temple in Ayutthaya because the sender had not lived a peaceful life since, but it didn’t elaborate on what had really happened,” Panupong said. “The note was written in Thai. I suspect it was translated by Google,” he added, declining to reveal the name and nationality of the sender.

Source: Tourist returns stolen bricks to Thai temple | Deutche Welle

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Preserving history

via Bangkok Post, 05 Feb 2018:

Wearing a long-sleeve shirt and wide-brim hat, both hands clutching various digging tools, several men stooped down on the dry red dirt. With their feet planted firmly and under the supervision of archaeologists, they began digging in order to uncover the history of their homeland.

Source: Preserving history