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Authors: Surinlert, Jaratnapa
Auetrakulvit, Prasit
Zeiton, Valéry
Tiamtinkrit, Chaturaporn
Khemnak, Phayao
Title: Comparison of rock painting sites in the Pratu Pha Valley, Lampang Province, Thailand
Date: 2018
Source: Advancing Southeast Asian archaeology 2016
Place of Publication: Bangkok
Publisher: SEAMEO SPAFA Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts
Abstract: New rock painting sites were recently discovered at Doi Pha Kan and Ban Tha Si near the famous Pratu Pha painted rock shelter – the largest rock art site in the country – in Mae Moh District (Lampang Province, Northern Thailand). These new sites are rock shelters featuring hand, animal, anthropomorphic and geometric forms and symbols painted in red ochre. This paper stylistically compares paintings from the three sites mentioned above. Results suggest a relationship between the sites based on style, their spatial patterning of landscape, ritual and mortuary use of the rock shelter. It can be generally assumed that the people who created the rock paintings were agriculturalists who still practised hunting. This is illustrated by the presence of very old burials at Ban Tha Si and Doi Pha Kan compared to Pratu Pha which, while suggestive of contemporaneity, leads us to raise the problem of the synchronicity of burials and paintings in Northern Thailand.
Identifier: 978-616-7961-16-3
Date Created: 4/10/2018
Editors: Tan, Noel Hidalgo
Page Start: 248
Page End: 254