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Newly discovered 3,000 year old cave paintings in Phang Nga

Jack Burton



PHOTOS: Nation Thailand

New cave art, reportedly at least 3,000 years old, has been discovered in the southern Phang Nga province’s Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park. The head of the park says he he found the ancient paintings while leading park officials to investigate the Petch Pakarang Cave at Koh Talu in Takua Thung district on Friday. Currently there are 4 locations in the park where ancient paintings can be found… Khao Phra At Thao, Khao Nak, Khao Raya, and Khao Khien.

“A new set of ancient paintings were as same as other paintings found in Phang Nga Bay and nearby areas. We’re waiting for related authorities to join our investigation. We assume these paintings were painted by ancient sailors who came to shelter from the monsoon. The Fine Arts Department says these paintings were done not less than 3,000 years ago.”

Many of Ao Phang-Nga’s limestone islands have prehistoric rock art painted on or carved into cave walls and ceilings, rock shelters, cliffs and rock massifs. Images at Khao Khian (the most visited cave art site) contain human figures, fish, crabs, prawns, bats, birds and elephants, as well as boats, weapons and fishing equipment, seemingly referencing some communal effort tied to the all-important sea harvest. Most rock paintings are monochrome red, though some have been traced in orange-yellow, blue, grey and black.

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SOURCE: Nation Thailand



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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    All these years and they have never noticed them?
    Nah a Tuc Tuc driver might have painted them last week.
    Beside it was cost felangs B300 just to go into the park, while Thais probably pay B20.
    In addition you will need to pay for a boat trip, which will cost plenty.
    I would not believe any Thai experts that look at them.
    They will be paid to look, and the Thai boat operators will want their money’s worth.

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    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    In my view, it is modern antique art.

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    Keith Fitzgerald

    Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    How is cave art that is supposedly at least three thousand years old “new,” as this first sentence of this story claims?

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    Steven Turner

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Prehaps they can send some Thai school children in to explore them

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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