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Prehistoric Art In Thailand

Prehistoric Settlements in North Thailand

  • There is evidence of settlement in Northern Thailand 500,000 to 100,000 years ago by hunters and gathers. Tools made of river stones have been found. From 30,000 to 7,500 prehistoric people there made tools and from 5000 to 3000 made more sophisticated tools and settled in villages, undertook agriculture and made pottery. Bronze and iron tools appeared 2,500 to 1,500 years ago.
  • Evidence of these things have been found at sites in Lamphun and Chiang Mai Provinces.
  • Interesting archaeological sites have been, (1) Ban Yang Thong Tai Site located in Doi Saket district about 10 kilometers north of Chiang Mai City, (2) Ob Luang Site within the Ob Luang National Park in Hot and Chom Thong districts of Chiang Mai Provinceand the (3) Ban Wang Hai Site located 1.5 kilometers south of Wiang Yong in Lamphun Province.



Prehistoric Rock Painting, Pha Taem Thailand


Prehistoric Settlements in North East Thailand

  • The Hoabinhian hunters and gathers also inhabited the Chao Phraya Valley. Again this is evidenced by the remains in caves and carbon dating. The main art remains are the pieces of pottery each revealing a wide range of decorative designs.
  • Again here also the sea level was not as today and most of the discovered caves are in surrounding limestone hills.
  • Later with rice cultivation there came the Neolithic settlements and again these can be found in concentrations in two parts of Central Thailand.



Prehistoric pottery design from Ban Chiang Northeast Thailand