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Thailand aims to reclaim 133 historical items held overseas

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Thailand aims to reclaim 133 historical items held overseas

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Thailand hopes to reclaim all of its 133 historical items currently in the possession of foreign museums and educational institutions.

 

The country previously recovered two artefacts from the United States, and looks set to see the return of at least two ancient lintels soon.

 

“We have had clear evidence that the lintels of Khao Lon and Prasat Nong Hong both belong to us,” Culture Minister Vira Rojpojchanarat said recently. 

 

On June 13, a committee was established with a mission of reclaiming Thailand’s historical artefacts from foreign nations. 

 

Among the committee members is Jade Donavanik, who recently informed archaeological officials about the Thai historical objects he had seen overseas. 

 

“I’ve seen some 20 of the missing pieces in some museums in San Francisco in the US,” Jade said. 

 

He brought this subject up casually when he met Vira and Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd on social occasions recently.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/breakingnews/30319163

 

 
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Does that include the 1932 plaque commemorating a participatory government in Thailand ?

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What's the point in bringing the artifacts back - they can't even take care of the ones concreted into the ground in the middle of Bangkok.

Surely it's just easier to alter the history books again.

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Hope there are none in the British Museum. The Greeks have been trying in vain for decades to get their artefacts returned!

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If the artefacts were acquired in a questionnable manner at some point of the supply chain, to keep them would be theft!!....they definately have to be returned and it's Thailand's problem on how they will be taken care of, later!

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2 minutes ago, williamgeorgeallen said:

wonder if the Saudis still want their royal jewels back.

Are that's different, The Thais stole them so no problem

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I sense a regime continuously looking inward and developing a seige mentality.

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