A possible prehistoric footprint found in Thailand’s Phitsanulok province? I’m not sure how this depression might be dated though, if it is at all possible. (Thanks to Andreas HÃ¶rstemeier for the link.)
6 April 2007 (The Nation) – There are two separate stories in this news story: the first is the discovery of two kilns in Phitsanulok province; the second is the discovery of ten 2,000-year-old graves in Nakhon Ratchasima province.
The Mineral Resources Department (MRD) has unearthed two ancient pottery kilns in Phitsanulok’s Muang district, while local archaeologists in Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday found 10 ancient graves with human bones and artefacts dating back more than 2,000 years.
MRD director-general Apichai Chawacharoenphan said yesterday that two kilns had been found so far in an ongoing survey of Wat Tapakhaohai and the compound of its school in Tambon Hau Raw.
2 April 2007 (The Nation) – Magnetometry saves the day! Actually, no. Magnetometers have been used in archaeology for quite a while already. The magnetometers were used to detect two kilns from the Phitsanulok province in Thailand and are possibly related to kilns in Sukhothai province.
Armed with hi-tech equipment and advanced technology, government archaeologists and surveyors are excavating two historic sites in Phitsanulok believed to contain more than 50 16th-century kilns.
The first site is an 11-rai plot at the Ta Pa Khao temple and school in Muang district. The other is at the school compound next to an 800-metre stretch of the Nan River. Two kilns were unearthed here in 1984, 3.5 metres below the surface.
The Fine Arts and Mineral Resources departments are conducting the joint excavation. It started on Saturday and should be completed on Sunday.
– Thai Ceramic Art by A. Lau (Ed)
– Thai ceramics: Ban Chiang, Khmer, Sukothai, Sawankhalok by the Art Galery of South Australia
– The Ceramics of Southeast Asia : Their Dating and Identification by R. M. Brown