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Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, Thailand
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Ban Chiang Archaeological Site is a prehistoric settlement in Thailand that is recognised by as a World Heritage Site. It is located in Nong Hai district in Udon Thani Province. Considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, Ban Chiang exhibits important stages in the human cultural, social and technological evolution.

Ban Chiang was discovered in 1966, and is famed for its beautifully painted red ceramics. These ancient ceramics have been discovered years earlier by the villagers of Ban Chiang, but they were unaware of their significance and age. The appreciation of these potteries came to light through the work of an anthropology student with Harvard College, Steve Young, who brought samples of the ceramics to Princess Phanthip Chumbote at the private museum at Suan Pakkad Palace in Bangkok.


Black ceramic vase of Ban Chiang Culture
Black ceramic vase of Ban Chiang Culture
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The ceramics were dated using thermoluminescence technique, and was discovered to be made between 4420 and 3400 BC. Later testings using radiocarbon dating on bronze objects found at the site, place the objects to be from around 2100 BC, still one of the earliest Bronze Age cultures in the world.

Ban Chiang Archaeological Site was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 16th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Santa Fe, USA, on 7 - 11 December, 1992.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 17 32 54.996 E 103 21 29.988
Inscription Year: 1992
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III
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