The discovery of a hoard of gold has sparked a frenzy of digging by locals in Thailand’s Phatthalung province, with the Fine Arts Department trying to stem the rush in an effort to preserve archaeological material.
Gold found in Phatthalung Province. Source: Bangkok Post 20140529
Golden treasure hoard found in Phatthalung
Bangkok Post, 29 May 2014
Locals asked to refrain from gold digging
The Nation, 29 May 2014
Fine Arts Department promises to compensate Phatthalung locals for gold artifacts
NNT, 29 May 2014
Police move in to halt ‘gold rush’ frenzy
Bangkok Post, 30 May 2014
More join hunt for gold at plantation
The Nation, 30 May 2014
Ban on Phatthalung gold rush
Bangkok Post, 31 May 2014
14 April 2007 (Brunei Times) – Liz Price writes about caves in Thailand’s south, including mention of some archaeological caves sites with Buddhist votive offerings in them. Such votive tablets are also found in nearby Malaysia.
Caves, temples and charms of Thai south
Phatthalung, an ancient city in southern Thailand, lies nestled among mountains with an inland sea on one side. Just north of Hatyai, the main town in the south’s major rice growing area has prospered but still maintains a quiet atmosphere and easy charm.
Phatthalung is famous for the original nang thalung or shadow play (wayang kulit), an art form still practised to this day.
The area is also renown for its cave temples. One is Wat Khuhasawan, at the edge of town, with the main chamber housing a reclining Buddha and numerous smaller seated ones.
I managed to explore four caves in this small hill, which is actually a small outcrop at the end of the main range. Some of the caves are archaeological sites, where votive tablets from the eighth to 15th centuries have been found.
– Origins Of Thai Art by B. Gosling
– The Arts of Thailand by S. Van Beek