Ban Chiang Ceramics: An Artistic and Technological Tradition
The excavations at Ban Chiang uncovered a previously unknown and aesthetically distinctive ceramic tradition stretching back nearly 2000 years beyond the red-on-buff pottery which gave the site its early renown. Known chiefly from pottery found in burials, the ceramics from even the lowest levels exhibit an elegance, sophistication, and attention to decorative detail that far exceeds mere utilitarian needs. The funerary wares clearly served as an art medium.