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    Sri Thep Historical Park

    If you take route 21 towards Petchaboon , some 241 kilometres north of Bangkok you will pass through the small one horse town of Sri Thep. If you turn right here and follow the signs you will shortly come to the not much visited ancient site of the once thriving town of Sri Thep. The fine arts department has been at work here and the site is much improved from my first visit 25 years ago.

    Some blurb from the following link :

    Si Satchanalai Historical Park

    Srithep Ancient Town approximately 240 kilometers north of Bangkok,is located in Sri Thep
    district,Phetchabun Province.Sri Thep covers 47 square kilometers and is enclosed by two
    concentric moats.It was characterized as a twin town; Muang Nai refers to the inner structure
    of the town and Muang Nok to the outer structure of the town.

    Muang Nai is cricular in plan,covering 2.08 square kilometers,and has eight entrances. There
    are three large monuments-Prang Sri Thep,Prang Song Phi Nong,and Khao Klang
    Nai-about 37 archaeilogical sites,and 70 ponds dispersed within the town.At present ,
    these sites have all been restored by the Royal Thai Fine Arts Department.Muang Nok is
    located to the east of Muang Nai, It is rectangular is rectangangular is plan and covers an area
    of 2.54 square kilometers.It has seven entrances,54 small archaeological sites,and 30 ponds.

    Outside the ancient town,there ae approximately 50 archaeclogical sites.The most important
    sites are located on the north side of the town,and Khao Tha Morat cave which is the only
    archaeological site on the mountain; It is located on the west side of Sri Thep.

    Sri Thep ancient town was originally abandoned to the jungle.According to a monk,the local villagers called its name that " Muang Apai Sali" in 1904.Sri Thep's name first appeared
    in written accounts when Prince Damrong visited Phetchabun province.He intentionally searched
    for an ancient town named " Sri Thep" which he found this name in Ayuddhaya and Early Rattanakosin 's archives.

    Social And Cultural Development
    Early communities settled in Sri Thep ancient town.Ancient town and surrounding sites uncovered
    evidence of late prehistoric death ritual dating to the 1st.- 2nd. century A.D. Around the 2 th.-6 th.
    century A.D. Indian influence diffused into the Indochina penninsula via contact with Indian and Arab
    trading networks.Later the local village societies.Clearly,Sri Thep has gone through several cultural
    changes.

    Dvaravati period,(7 th.-11 th. Century A.D.)
    in Sri Thep ancient town was circular in plan which is typical of Dvaravati
    culture.To protect themselves from flooding and to access water during periods of drought,the
    inhabitants dug a number of large ponds and moats around the town.



    On google earth the site currently looks like this :




    On entering the site and parking up there are a couple of guides ( included in the entrance fee ) ready to drive you around the main sites in their electric bus.




    On our visit the park cleaners were taking a break and one of them had their daughter along to give us moral support.







    So it was all aboard ( all 2 of us ) for the short ride to the main ruins. On the way passing a man made pond that was previously used by the inhabitants.




    Once parked up we were left to explore the few remaining structures under a blazing sun that gave a temperature of 40 C in the shade.
    The first thing to look over is this Khmer structure that was a later addition to the ancient Mon city of the Dvaravati period .

    Dvaravati - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



















    From here its a short walk down an ancient laterite causeway to the larges ruin on the site







    This ruin has not stood the passage of time well and all that is left is just a huge mound of laterite brickwork









    Along the base their is a bit of relief remaining which has been roofed over for protection from the elements




    Ms Bangyai provides a bit of perspective to give an idea of its size.




    An ancient roulette wheel carelessly discarded after a police raid several centuries ago. No sign of the dice or little ivory ball though.




    Near here was a pretty well preserved hole , presumably a well of some sort .




    Then it was back to our bus where the guide had been enjoying a katnap






    More to come after the break.



















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    So the next port of call was a building that covered the site of some excavation.




    Inside is a deep pit that was dug out to a depth of about 10 feet.




    At the lowest strata the complete skeleton of a woman was discovered with her head pointing towards the north.



    Whether she was a looker we shall never know but she was wearing the following jewelry and holding a farming implement in one hand.




    Not exactly Dior but there was no big malls back then so the competition was thin.

    There was also the body of an elephant discovered here which was next to her on a slightly higher strata. Its head was also pointing to the north.





    From here we would have gone on to the small onsite museum but it was undergoing renovation so after being returned to the car park we had a quick drive around the inner town ( outer town yet to be excavated ) then leaving the site we drove the 3 kilometres to the nearby Khao Klang Nok Monument.

    This is a really large mound of laterite blocks probably dating from the Dvaravati period around the 8th - 9th century A.D. It must have been unrecognisable until recently but is currently being restored.
    Its base measures about 64 metres square with a height of 20 metres. There was probably a stupa on top but this has long since crumbled to nothing. However , a looters pit was discovered in the middle of the structure.












    New bricks and old awaiting assembly.




    Like a lot of ancient sites, plants have caused major damage





    And with the temperate still in the 40's we couldn't wait to get back in our air con bubble and head on to Wichien Buri.

    For more inf on the Dvaravati culture :

    Dvaravati (ancient kingdom, Asia) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia

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    Quote Originally Posted by BimaSmono View Post
    Недавно нашел в сети отличный ресурс Тут есть много интересного, например:
    pornorain com/]порно видео смотреть И еще много разных интересных материалов
    Yes , thats quiet correct, but if you go midweek you'll find its not too busy so you won't have to worry about not being allowed in. Or as the saying goes ...

    #3$%^&*()&*&%#@^%%*&

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    ^LOL. Baby-mama is from Phetchabun, I asked if she had ever been and got, "No, I never get to go anywhere!", which sounded like интересных материалов.

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    Kudos, Bangyai!

    Great pics [and attention] towards the lesser known ancient landmarks.

    Quite often, just as historically important as the more well-known areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo View Post
    ^LOL. Baby-mama is from Phetchabun, I asked if she had ever been and got, "No, I never get to go anywhere!", which sounded like интересных материалов.

    Come on Robuzu , its time to do the right thing. You should at least take her to &**^%$## land .....its a great day out and she'll love you forever. Not forgotten that beer either but been so busy lately that had very little spare time.
    Will pm you in June when back from U.K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Kudos, Bangyai!

    Great pics [and attention] towards the lesser known ancient landmarks.

    Quite often, just as historically important as the more well-known areas.
    Thanks RS
    Yes , its just a shame they built in laterite and brick. Does not last as well as stone. Still, I guess if there was no suitable supply nearby they had to go with what they had. At least the lintels are original. If you are ever near Sri Satchanalai , take a look. Very impressive indeed.

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    Great thread.

    I was there 10 years ago with a lass from Wichian.

    At that time, restoration was going on too.
    Good to see that this site is not just left to stand the passage of time on it`s own.

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    Great stuff, there's loads of old Khmer ruins all over Thailand, well worth a visit.

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