I am grateful to Ulrich Dennerlein for his letter of May 2, recalling my role in bringing the ancient culture of Ban Chiang to the attention of scholars and the general public. I am also pleased that former foreign minister Tej Bunnag wrote on May 9, 2013 to remind us of the contributions to this process of Dr Banlu Montripitak and Khun Charoen Polteja of the Fine Arts Department. But there are two others who were instrumental in the discovery process whom I would like to honour as well in this letter.
Upon my return from Ban Chiang in the summer of 1966, I brought back several small pots and a sample of decorative patterns on a number of shards. Some I gave to MR Panthip Chumbhot at whose house I was staying that summer. The rest I took to the National Museum to give to Ajarn Chin You Dee. I introduced MR Panthip to a family from Ban Chiang then living in Thon Buri where the father was a teacher. I then left Bangkok to return to Harvard College for my senior year.
Through contact with the teacher from Ban Chiang, MR Panthip sent Khun Wing up to Ban Chiang to learn more.
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