Ban Chiang Archive

  • The Ban Chiang Project has designated the academic year 2010-2011 as the Year of Ceramics (YOC), with activities to advance the scholarly study of the famous ceramics of Ban Chiang....

    Year of Ceramics

    The Ban Chiang Project has designated the academic year 2010-2011 as the Year of Ceramics (YOC), with activities to advance the scholarly study of the famous ceramics of Ban Chiang....

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  • An American college student's famous stumble over a tree root that led to the discovery of the Bronze Age culture of Ban Chiang also led to a complete revision of then-current ideas about the technological sophistication of prehistoric Southeast Asians. Before the 1970s, the prevailing scholarly opinion held that the earliest metal use in Southeast Asia was no older than ca. 500 BC. Southeast Asia was considered rather a technological backwater.

    Bronze from Ban Chiang

    An American college student's famous stumble over a tree root that led to the discovery of the Bronze Age culture of Ban Chiang also led to a complete revision of then-current ideas about the technological sophistication of prehistoric Southeast Asians. Before the 1970s, the prevailing scholarly opinion held that the earliest metal use in Southeast Asia was no older than ca. 500 BC. Southeast Asia was considered rather a technological backwater.

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