Thailand’s stolen past returns home

An expert from the Fine Arts Department inspects the returned artefacts. Source: The Nation 20141124

The Nation’s story about the recently-repatriated Ban Chiang artefacts from the US.

An expert from the Fine Arts Department inspects the returned artefacts. Source: The Nation 20141124
An expert from the Fine Arts Department inspects the returned artefacts. Source: The Nation 20141124

Heritage comes home
The Nation, 24 November 2014

More than 500 looted artefacts from prehistoric archaeological sites around Thailand are returned by the US Government

For years, more than 500 artefacts including pottery, bronze tools, sandstone moulds and glass ornaments, have been offering a visual but illegal treat to visitors at the Bowers Museum in Santa Anna, California.

Now these items, almost all of them looted from Ban Chiang, an archaeological site in Thailand’s Northeast, have been returned to their rightful home.

The 554 artefacts, some of which date back 5,000 years, were handed over to Thailand by the US government last Wednesday following almost a decade of investigation.

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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