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Ancient Ban Chiang pots returned to Thailand from US

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1,500 to 5,000 year old Ban Chiang pots given back to Thailand by US donors who inherited them after parents died. 

The Foreign Ministry displays 76 artifacts from Ban Chiang that were returned to Thailand by US donors. They were handed over to the Fine Arts Department on Wednesday. (Photo by Panumas Sanguanwong)


Ban Chiang artifacts returned


Thanida Tansubhapol

The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday handed over 76 Ban Chiang artifacts returned from the United States by American donors to the Fine Arts Department.

Ministry spokesman Manasvi Srisodapol said the Thai consul-general in Los Angeles had been contacted in  2011 by five US citizens who said they wanted to return the artifacts to Thailand. He had thanked them and accepted the offer.

They include Benjamin R. Snidecor, a former US State Department official once based in Thailand who possessed 23 pieces, and Robert Rochien, who returned three pieces inherited from his father. His father worked as a US official in the kingdom before moving to other posts.

The others are Anitra Bascon Wirtz from San Diego, who gave back 29 pieces once owned by her father, Gary Buck from San Francisco, who had one piece, a legacy of his father, and Richard Douglas, who had 20 pieces, inherited from his mother.

All the artifacts are believed to be between 1,500 and 5,000 years old.

Ban Chiang is an archeological site in Nong Han district, Udon Thani, listed as a Unesco world heritage site in 1992.

Wednesday’s handover brought the total number of returns from other countries to 263 pieces since 2001.

The Fine Arts Department plans to exhibit all of them at the National Museum early next year.

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accept: to agree to or approve of something - ยอมรับ

archaeology: the study of cultures of the past, and of periods of history by examining the remains of buildings and objects found in the ground - โบราณคดี

artifact: an object that was made a long time ago and is historically important, e.g., a tool or weapon - โบราณวัตถุ

Ban Chiang: "an archeological site located 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." (Source: Wikipedia) - แหล่งโบราณคดี บ้านเชียง

based: living or working in a particular placed; located in a particular place - อาศัย

citizen: someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 

consul: an official chosen by a government to live in a foreign city, in order to take care of people from the official's own country who travel or live there, and to protect the trade interests of that government - กงสุล

contact: having communication with someone - การติดต่อ การสัมผัส

display: an arrangement of things in a public place to inform or entertain people or advertise something for sale - การเปิดเผย, การแสดง

donor: a person who gives money or goods to an organisation, especially one that helps people - ผู้บริจาค

exhibit: an object or a work of art put in a public place, for example a museum, so that people can see it - ของที่แสดง

fine arts: art activities in which people create beautiful things to look at such as paintings and drawings - วิจิตรศิลป์, งานช่างศิลป์

former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน

hand over: to give somebody else control or the responsibility for something - มอบ

handover: offiicially giving somebody else control or the responsibility for something - การมอบ

heritage: the art, buildings, traditions, and beliefs that a society considers important to its history and culture - มรดก ประเพณีที่ตกทอด

inherit: to receive money, a house, etc. from someone after they have died - รับมรดก

legacy: something that someone has achieved that continues to exists after they stop working or die - สิ่งที่สืบทอด

ministry: a government department that has a particular area of responsibility - กระทรวง

offer: to say that you are willing to do something for somebody or give something to somebody - อาสา, แสดงความเต็มใจ

official: someone with an important position in an organisation - เจ้าหน้าที่

possess: to have or own something - ครอบครอง, ถือครอง

post: a job/position in a company or organisation - ตำแหน่งการงาน

site: a place where something is located - สถานที่

spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก

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