Abstract: There are three conservation groups that are actively working to conserve archaeological sites in Thung Kula Rong Hai in Northeast Thailand. They include The Department of Fine Arts, Private Organizations such as The Lek-Prapai Viriyapan Foundation and local conservation groups. There are over 7,253 archaeological sites in Thailand but only 2,098 locations are registered. Government organizations are plagued with inefficient processes and red tape causing inefficiency and misunderstanding with the local community. Recently, they have started delegating conservation responsibilities to local centers. The Lek-Prapai Viriyapan Foundation has been a model example for conservation efforts and respected by locals in the preservation of Thai cultural heritage. Their success comes from supporting local community conservation projects and ideas by always including local opinions and supporting projects initiated by the local community. Community members in the past didn’t have knowledge of archaeological sites and proper training. But education and conservation projects and activities have raised the public’s awareness of the importance of preserving their own cultural heritage. Simple tasks such as cleaning, planting trees and flowers, guarding, minor maintenance and construction of proper sanitation were unanimously accepted. Communities have also integrated traditional cultures and ceremonies centralized around archaeological sites to nurture love and unity within the community. Local villagers were more attentive and responsive to conservation efforts from both government and private organizations once they realized the benefits that can come from preserving and maintenance of local cultural treasures.
Sarthit Krittaluck , Decha Karnjanangkura and Subunn Leamvijarn , 2009. The Procedure of Management and Preservation of Archaeological sites in Thung Kula Rong Hai Community in Northeast Thailand. The Social Sciences, 4: 76-80.