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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  • August 15, 2017
    One reason for venturing to Udon, it is the visit of Ban Chiang, a major site in the history of humanity. A beautiful Museum just what to ceramics to avoid indigestion, the rest of the objects (no, it is not artifacts!) coming to emphasize the point. Clear explanations, pretty museography, just you to go see one of the sites of search in the nearby temple!
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  • August 2, 2017
    This museum does a good job of explain the Ban Chiang discovery ... it's not their fault it's a rather boring discovery. Yes, it changed a timeline for SE asian habitation but that's literally it. The...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    Historical and archaeological site of global significance. Lots of very well preserved and decorated pottery, grave sites, and glass/jade/bronze artefacts apparently dating from around 2000 BC to 200 ...  more »
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  • May 23, 2017
    Nice place and lots to see. Worth a visit.
  • July 9, 2017
    Well organised
  • October 13, 2016
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    Great information on the Neolithic people of the site.
  • January 10, 2017
    Come here after visited red lotus sea at dawn. Admission free at the moment.

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