Ancient human remains and tools found in Satun’s Khao Khom Cave

Photo courtesy of Bangkok Post

Human remains and ancient tools, estimated to date back over 10,000 years, have been unearthed inside Khao Khom Cave in Satun’s Khuan Kalong district.

This discovery emerged from a project spearheaded by Kamponsak Sassadee, a renowned cave explorer, who aimed to delve into one of the province’s longest and most ecologically diverse caves.

Kamponsak’s team initially discovered signs of ancient human activity near the cave’s entrance. These preliminary surveys unearthed skeletal fragments, including jawbones and nearly intact lower molars, buried beneath piles of shells.

Kamponsak suggested that over ten bodies might be buried at the site, hinting it could have served as an ancient cemetery.

“The more we dug, the more human remains we found.”

Further explorations led to the discovery of ancient tools scattered throughout the cave’s main hall. The cave itself, featuring natural lighting from light shaft holes, water sources from mountain streams, and food from fish and shrimp, appears to have been a Stone Age shelter for humans, dating back at least 10,000 years.

Kamponsak mentioned that the full length of the cave remains undetermined, though it has proven to be much longer than initially expected. Yesterday, Kamponsak led a team, including lecturers from Satun College of Agriculture and Technology, representatives from the provincial Tourism Authority Office, and members of the media, on a visit to the cave, reported Bangkok Post.

“We have contacted the Fine Arts Department to examine the discovery.”

Nartchai Tuentim, a lecturer from Satun College of Agriculture and Technology, reported that the college had fenced off the area to prevent locals, who often visit for water supplies, from disturbing the site.

In related news, a chilling discovery has been made along the Udon Ratthaya Expressway, where additional human remains were found not far from where a skull was previously located. A Laotian woman came forward with critical information regarding her husband, missing for two months, identifying the skull through its distinct dental work.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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