Honouring the father of Thai heritage conservation

Bangkok Post, 06 June 2017: The late Thai monarch, King Bhumipol Adulyadej is honoured in a special exhibition at the National Museum as the Father of Thai Heritage Conservation.

To commemorate Thai Heritage Conservation Day on April 2, the Fine Arts Department under the Ministry of Culture is hosting an exhibition titled “His Majesty The Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej: Father Of Thai Heritage Conservation” at Itsarawinitchai Throne Hall, the National Museum Bangkok, until Aug 27.

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Public Lecture: Ban Chiang: a new perspective of Thai prehistory

Another one for Bangkok readers, a lecture at the National Museum by Charles Higham.

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Ban Chiang: a new perspective of Thai prehistory
By Charles Higham
Venue: National Museum Auditorium, Bangkok
Date: Thursday February 19th, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Donation: Member 100 Baht / Guests 200 Baht

Although the Fine Arts/University of Pennsylvania excavations at Ban Chiang took place 40 years ago, the results have never been published. In this lecture, Charles Higham, who excavated at Ban Chiang in 1974-5, presents a new chronology for this site, based on radiocarbon dates taken from the bones of the prehistoric people themselves. This new dating framework necessitates a radical reappraisal of the place of Ban Chiang in the prehistory of Thailand, which comes into sharp focus when compared with new and dramatic archaeological discoveries in the upper Mun Valley that have uncovered princely Bronze Age graves and later, an agricultural revolution that stimulated the rise of early states, including that of Angkor. In this interpretation, Ban Chiang is seen as a provincial backwater, while the Mun Valley was a centre of seminal and rapid cultural changes.


Historical heads returned in bag

20 June 2006 (Bangkok Post) – An anonymous caller to a radio station returns three 100-year-old Dharavadi-style statue heads.

Historical heads returned in bag

Three antique statue heads have been turned over to the National Museum after an unidentified man left them outside a radio station, saying he feared legal action. The surrender of the artifacts was done through the good offices of FM 91 traffic radio, Sor Wor Por 91.

On the morning of June 11, the heads, weighing more than 10kg, were found wrapped in newspaper in a bag lying outside the radio station.

Related Books:
Hindu Deities in Thai Art (Sata-pitaka series) by G. Devi
The Art of Sukhothai: Thailand’s Golden Age by C. Stratton and M. McNair
The Sacred Sculpture of Thailand: The Alexander B. Griswold Collection, the Walters Art Gallery by H. W. Woodward