Possible 19th-century fortress uncovered in Bangkok

No Comments

29 October 2007 (The Nation Multimedia, Bangkok Post) – What is thought to be a fortress built during the reign of King Rama IV (1808-1868) was unearthed during the construction of a government office in Bangkok.

Fortress built in King Rama IV era unearthed

The Khlong San District Office in Bangkok has already suspended the construction of its new building because the planned site now revealed a part of what was believed to be a historically-valuable fortress built in the reign of King Rama IV.

The planned site was located next to the Pongpajjamit Fort, which has been registered as a national historical site since 1949.

“That registration has not covered areas surrounding the fort,” Tharapong Srisuchart, who heads Fine Arts Department’s Office of Archaeology, said Monday.

He joined Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin and Culture Ministry permanent secretary Vira Rojpojchanarat during an inspection at the planned site for the new building of the Khlong San District Office Monday.

While the land on the planned site was being cleared, 98 ancient logs were found.

Read More

Ancient ovens found to have a magnetic appeal

No Comments

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.

Ancient ovens found to have a magnetic appeal

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.