An expedition team has discovered a prehistoric clay cave (ถ้ำดิน), believed to be around 2,000 to 3,000 years old, at the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, archaeologists said this week.
Archaeologists from Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, together with an archaeological survey team staff from Silpakorn One Ratchaburi, found ancient paintings of symbols and drawings inside the cave, which is believed to be before recorded historical times.
This expedition is a part of an archaeological project inside the Sam Roi Yot mountain range, which has continued for many years.
Archaeologists say they have found a total number of seven caves with prehistoric paintings scattered throughout the park, dated at around 2,000 – 3,000 years old. In May 2020, another similar painting was found in a clay cave, 125 meters above seawater.
Along with that, the Silpakorn One team have also discovered ancient stone tools, axes, shells, pottery fragments, and bivalves, all containing signs that prehistoric humans used them in the past.
More ancient objects such as stone tools and pottery — both dated pre and contemporary history — have also been found around the site.
According to the expedition team, the discovery of these items shows that there is evidence of human residence in the past, as these objects cannot be found in the mountain range and had to be carried and brought up there by humans themselves.
Meanwhile, the team has also found color paintings and a large water-drop shaped stone carving tool around the area of Hua Pung mountain inside the park, in which experts have confirmed that they belong to prehistoric times.
Color paintings and drawings can also be found in other caves inside the National Park.
The team’s crucial next step is to analyze these ancient artifacts and compare them to similar sources and locations from the past. They also plan to study the paintings found inside the caves, as the Sam Roi Yot National Park has proven to be essential in the education of prehistoric times and ancient archaeological study site.
The team plans to propose another budget to explore more caves around the mountain range in 2022.
According to the archaeological team, these discoveries and proven evidence of prehistoric settlement and residence will prove immensely valuable in rediscovering history from the past.
Pitak Pitsiriwattanasuk, chief district officer of Sam Roi Yot, has revealed that he is currently in talks with relevant organizations to try to push these discoveries to become a new tourist attraction for Prachuab Khiri Khan Province.