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Ban Pra Sat Archaeological Site
Ban Pra Sat Archaeological Site

Nakhon Ratchasima

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Operating time: 08.30 - 16.30

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    Ban Pra Sat, moo. 7, Tarn Pra Sat Sub-district, Noan Sung District, Nakornratchasima

    Tel. +66 4421 3030 ,+66 4421 3666

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Category : Village, Community, Historical Sites & Monuments

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History

This is one of the important archaeological sites in Nakornratchasima. It is about 3,000 years. This site is well-known because ancient traders were caught smuggling antiques in this place. After that, The Fine Arts Department sent officers to study about Ban Pra Sat in B.E.2526. They found that it is a big site with a stream in the North. It has been 3,000 years after human inhabited. In the past, people planted rice fields and domesticated animals. People rarely used bronze to make stuff. There was red pottery used to bury with dead people.

After that (about 2,200 years ago), there was technological change. People produced Pimaidum pottery. In order to make jewelries, some used metal, bronze and other natural stones such as Carnelian stone and Aget stone. In B.C.16, Tawarawadee and Cambodia culture were used in a short time before the end of this community.

Ban Pra Sat is situated in moo.7, South Ban Pra Sat, Tarn Pra Sat Sub-district. If you want to come here, use highway number 2 (Nakornratchasima-Khonkaen). When you reach milestone number 44, turn left for 1 km. If you come by bus from Bangkok or Nakornratchasima, use the one that goes to Khonkaen, Udornthani, Nongkai or Kalasin. Then, get down at milestone number 44 and ask motorcyclist to go to the site.

Ban Pra Sat is the second archaeological site next to Ban Chiang. According to the evidence, there was a community here from prehistory to history. There was also an evidence of Tawaradee and ancient Cambodia in 1,500-3,000 years ago. Tourists can see history of this place in 3 decorating holes.

First hole is bones. The bone was buried in different ways in each era. For 3,000-year bone, it was buried 5.5 metres under the ground and the head of dead body was on the Southeast side. For 2,500-year bone, the head was on East side. For 2,000-year bone, the head was on South side. In spite of the different directions, the same thing in each era is that people brought dead people’s jewelry and pottery buried with them. In each era, there were different kinds of pottery.

In second hole, there was a trace of Buddhist place called “Gu Tarn Pra Sat” and the head of Buddha images in Tawaravadee style. Statue of women and castle’s decorating stuff were also found here.

The third hole was assumed that this place was used to bury executed women. Each woman in this hole had no heads and the potteries buried along with the dead one were broken. The heads of these women were buried in another place which is far from this place for 500 metres. Villagers make a merit for them on 21 April every year.


Features 

1. It is a large prehistoric archaeological site which is the oldest in South of Northeast part of Thailand. There are 3 holes that tourists can watch, 59 human bones and other antiques.

2. You can study the evolution of human in South of Northeast part of Thailand.

3. It is a tourist attraction that can enhance economy and quality of life of people here.


Found evidence

1. Human bones which are 1.50-5 metres under the ground

2. Potteries

3. Jewelries and bronze tools

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How to get there :

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go to Mitapap (Nakornratchasima-Khonkaen) road and turn left in mile stone number 25.

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