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47 historical artifacts returned to Thailand

The United States has returned an additional 47 historical artifacts to Thailand, with some estimated to be up to 4,000 years old. Most of the 47 items were found in Baan Chiang, which include earthenware, tools and carving utensils. The ages of the items range between 1,800 and 4,000 years old, with 19 of them previously held by a US citizen and 27 held by a Thai national residing in the US. The artifacts were returned due to the effort of the Thai Historical Artifacts Retrieval Commission, which is a joint body of officials from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This haul was a second success after the commission secured the return of the initial 12 items from the US in October 2018. The Thai Fine Arts Department is tasked with the responsibility to catalog the items and place them on an inventory of state property list, as well as carry out maintenance and restoration. The artifacts will be kept at the National Museum’s central archive in Pathumthani province and will only be considered to be put up for display after thorough study.

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