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The Ancient History of U Thong: City of Gold

Studies U Thong gold jewelry tradition with in Southeast Asia, along with other ornaments and artifacts found in Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Focuses on techniques of gold work and goldsmiths. Introduces gold works and gold mining in the early Southeast Asia, the importance of Dvaravati gold in Southeast Asian cultural history, U Thong’s early heritage, tin work, sea trade, gold work, copper production and other ornaments found in prehistoric central Thailand. Explores materials and manufacturing technique of U Thong gold work, covering gold purification and composition, hammering, casting, joining, wire, decoration, and gilding. Exhibits pictures of ancient map, current location, site excavation, as well as categories of U Thong gold objects.