Dating early bronze at ban chiang thailand
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 William Solheim and his theory of possible ancient origins of civilization in Southeast Asia.During the first formal scientific excavation in 1967, several skeletons, together with bronze grave gifts, were unearthed.Rice fragments have also been found, leading to the belief that the Bronze Age settlers were probably farmers.The first datings of the artifacts using the thermoluminescence technique resulted in a range from 4420 BCE to 3400 BCE, which would have made the site the earliest Bronze Age culture in the world.However, with the 1974-1975 excavation, sufficient material became available for radiocarbon dating, which resulted in more recent dates.
There were said to be more items in museums than at the site itself.
Wat Pho Si Nai is about a kilometer from the Ban Chiang Museum.
It is the only original archaeological site in a cluster that has not been built on by the encroachment of the village.
This was brought to light during high profile raids conducted by the police after a National Park Service agent had posed as a private collector.
If the US government wins its case, which is likely to take several years of litigation, the artifacts are to be returned to Thailand.
The site that pots were buried with people during funeral rites.