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Neolithic Pottery from Ban Chiang

Neolithic Pottery from Ban Chiang. Bangkok National Museum

Neolithic Pottery from Ban Chiang

This sizeable neolithic pot is an example of Ban Chiang red-on-buff ware, which was created freehand without the use of a pottery wheel. This type of pottery discovered in burial sites, along with a variety of bronze and glass ornaments including armbands, anklets, rings, and necklaces.

The tradition of Thai ceramics dates back to the third millennium BCE, and the earliest trace of Thai ceramics ever recorded are from Ban Chiang, which is in present-day Udon Thani Province, Thailand. The ceramics discovered were earthenware, and the most common forms were cylinders and round vases. The early pots were undecorated while the later ones were decorated with geometric patterns and swirling designs.

Ban Chiang is a significant archaeological site which was discovered in 1966, the site became famous for its red painted pottery. During the early excavation, several skeletons, together with bronze grave gifts, were unearthed. The site’s oldest graves do not include bronze artefacts and are therefore from a Neolithic culture. Pots from Ban Chiang can now be found in museums across the world.


Neolithic Pottery from Ban Chiang

  • Title:                  Neolithic Pottery from Ban Chiang
  • Date:                  1000-300 BC
  • Style:                  Ban Chiang red-on-buff ware
  • Find Site:           Ban Chiang
  • Museum:          National Museum, Bangkok

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Photo Credit: 1) By Michael Gunther (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons