via Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology, 22 December 2021: This is a research project I am directly involved in; a Thai-French research Southern Thailand looking at the coastal archaeology and maritime landscape of communities of the Lanta Bay. This paper is a discussion of our initial reconnaisance last year, with the discovery of some new rock art sites!
Hills and caves in islands or along the coasts are part of the cultural seascape of the various people inhabiting or passing through the shores of southern Thailand. The social, economic or ritual relationships they have developed through time with these places have yet to be documented in maritime Southeast Asia. They also constitute archives related to maritime exchanges that archaeology has yet little exploited. This article presents the preliminary results of what is aimed to become a community-based archaeological and ethnographic research on the maritime heritage landscape in the Krabi Province along the Lanta Bay with a focus on caves and rock art. It documents several newly-discovered rock art sites and explores the potential for research on the relationships that local groups, in particular maritime groups like the Urak Lawoi sea nomads, entertain or not, with these caves.
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