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Relics in Krabi, WWII ship off Chumphon

ANCIENT HUMAN bones have been unearthed along with clay pots believed to be up to 5,000 years old in Khao Na Wang Mi in Krabi's Muang district.

News of the discovery came as the Fine Arts Department yesterday dispatched divers to inspect a sunken ship, possibly from World War II, about a kilometre off the coast of Chumphon's Lang Suan district.

Following the discovery of the bones in a cliff area in tambon Thab Prik, the Phuket-based 15th Archaeology Office director Riam Phumpongphaet said the office would register the area as an ancient site to prevent further damage to the site.

The state gave a private firm permission to carry out blasting but would no longer allow explosions.

Riam said the belief that an |area must be registered before |being granted protection was incorrect.

When an ancient-object is discovered and confirmed by the Fine Arts Department, the significance of the find is sufficient for the area to receive protection status, she said. The establishment of a grid system for archaeological excavations and surveys would take at least five days.

Meanwhile, Fine Arts Department archaeologist Siri Ploymukda led divers to investigate the shipwreck at Ao Thong Kho in tambon Bang Nam Jeud.

The team found the 50m by 8m ship on a shallow seabed.

Siri said an initial inspection to determine the metal-hauled boat's origins would take three days and then there would be a week-long investigation.

Villager Sawat Hinthian, 74, said Japanese soldiers landed at Chumphon during World War II and camped at Ao Thong Kho.

He said the boat was damaged in a battle with Allied forces and sunk while being towed to Chumphon.

Some villagers had removed parts of the ship and authorities needed to protect it, he said.






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