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Ban Chiang Archeological Site

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Ban Chiang Archeological Site, Thailand
Date of Inscription: 1992
UNESCO Reference Number: 575
Rachel Grigg


The Ban Chiang Archeological Site is located in Nong Han district, Udon Thani Province, Thailand. It is considered the most important archeological site to date in South East Asia. The site was discovered in 1966 by Steve Young an anthropology and government student during his thesis project. This led to the first excavation of the site where several skeletons as well as bronze grave gifts were discovered. There was also rice fragments found leading to the belief that the Bronze Age settlers were probably farmers. Site Location

In the heart of the Khorat Plateau a highland Northeast of Thailand lays Ban Chiang, Ban Chiang is located in the Nong Han district, Udani Thani Province, Thailand. It is separated from Central Thailand by the Phetchabun Mountains (New World Encyclopedia, 2008). The district is subdivided into 12 subdistricts and then divided into 161 villages. Udan Thani is about 550 kilometers northeast of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. Its neighboring provinces are Nong Khai, Sakhon Nakhon, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Nongbua Lamphu and Loei. Another site Due to decades of war and political turbulence, archeology came late to Southeast Asia. Pre-historic Thailand is represented by some very interesting sites throughout Thailand. Early species is represented by the Lampang Man dating from 1,000,000-500,000yrs ago discovered in

Lampang, northern Thailand. Another prominent archeological site in Thailand is Spirit Cave dating 9000-5500BC it is in northwestern Thailand. Spirit Cave dates to the Neolithic period and was occupied by Hoabinhian hunter-gatherers from North Vietnam (New World Encyclopedia, 2008). Non Nak Tha is an archeological site not far from the Ban Chiang Site in northeastern Thailand it dates 1420-50BC. Non Nak Tha was discovered by the late Chester Gorman and excavated by Donn...

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