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Ban Chiang, Udon Thani

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Ban Chiang is an archeological site in Nong Han District, Udon Thani Province, Thailand. It has been on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1992. Discovered in 1966, the site attracted enormous publicity due to its attractive red painted pottery.DiscoveryVillagers had uncovered some of the pottery in prior years without insight into its age or historical importance. In August 1966 Steve Young, an anthropology and government student at Harvard College, was living in the village conducting interviews for his senior honors thesis. Young, a speaker of Thai, was familiar with the work of Wilhelm G. Solheim and his theory of possible ancient origins of civilization in Southeast Asia. One day while walking down a path in Ban Chiang with his assistant, an art teacher in the village school, Young tripped over a root of a kapok tree and fell on his face in the dirt path. Under him were the exposed tops of pottery jars of small and medium sizes. Young recognized that the firing techniques used to make the pots were very rudimentary, but that the designs applied to the surface of the vessels were unique and wonderful. He took samples of pots to Princess Phanthip Chumbote who had the private museum of Suan Pakkad in Bangkok and to Chin Yu Di of the Thai Government's Fine Arts Department Later, Elisabeth Lyons, an art historian on the staff of the Ford Foundation, sent sherds from Ban Chiang to the University of Pennsylvania for dating.
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Whether you prefer to stay in or out of the city, the Udon Thani area offers something for every budget. If you go for the least expensive room, expect to get what you paid for. Many budget-friendly options do not provide air conditioning, hot water, or private bathrooms. If you prefer the freedom of your own transportation, ask your hotel about renting a motorcycle, as they generally offer a better rate than local rental outlets.
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  • Ban Chiang helped to change our view of what life was like in ancient Southeast Asia. The archaeological excavations and the subsequent museum (which is a branch of the National Museum of Thailand) op...  more »
  • Not for everyone, remote place and not sure the travelling is justified. While it is an intersting museum the enterance fee of 150 baht proved too much for what was on offer. I am a history person but...  more »
  • Today i took the round trip flight from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani specially for the Ban Chiang Museum. When I arrive in the Udon Thani airport just took the taxi directly went the Museum and back. It w...  more »
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  • Nice place and lots to see. Worth a visit.
  • Well organised
  • Visiting Udon Thani is not in itinerary but stranded here few days and surprise that in this city they have supreme legacy to the world. The Museum will tell you everything.
  • Great information on the Neolithic people of the site.
  • Come here after visited red lotus sea at dawn. Admission free at the moment.