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Bead rush reveals dark deals

Ancient gems dug up in Chumpon have led to fears over a burgeoning black market

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The discovery of ancient beads and artifacts in Khao Sam Kaeo of Chumphon's Muang district has opened up a treasure trove of immense historical and tangible value, and has also triggered a "bead rush". 

Ancient beads are made into colourful jewellery. With each bead fetching up to 5,000 baht, the discovery of the artifacts has led to a rush of prospectors looking to cash in. PHOTOS BY AMNART THONGDEE

However, this bead rush has raised serious concerns over the protection of these antiquities.

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