Superstition is proving more persuasive than the threat of jail for locals in Phatthalung, with rumours that a hoard of gold unearthed on a small farm last month is haunted helping to boost authorities’ efforts to recover the antiques.
The Fine Arts Department has admitted it has no idea how old the gold is - and indeed may never know - yet insists it is a national treasure that should be handed over to the state. But as efforts to trace the origins and value of the treasure prove challenging, some claim the department is helping spread the ghost stories in an effort to have potentially crucial evidence returned for testing.
It comes amid fears that evidence crucial to the dating process may have been lost during the initial frenzy that surrounded the mini gold rush in Khao Chai Son district late last month.
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