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The discovery of a 1,000-year-old Arab-style ship in Samut Sakhon may give a clearer picture of life and trade during the Dvaravati period

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Now buried several metres deep under the muddy ground in a former shrimp farm in Samut Sakhon province, a millennium-old ship once sailed many oceans of the world. The vessel, 25m long, had travelled from faraway lands to transport a variety of goods to cities on this part of the Earth before it sank here during the Dvaravati period (6th-11th centuries). 

The Phanomsurin, named after the land owners, was unearthed in Samut Sakhon.

Now it’s a valuable archaeological find, since it is probably the oldest ship ever unearthed in Thailand.

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