Earthwatchers helped excavate the Thai countryside in Non Ban Jaark.
This fascinating site holds clues to how organized society formed in this part of the world. The artifacts at Non Ban Jaark date from the beginning of the AD calendar to about 700 AD. Earthwatch volunteers helped unearth the foundations of what would become Thai society.
Those who joined the team uncovered the remains of towns and early cities. Unlike older settlements, which had structures made of wood that have long since rotted away, the people who built at Non Ban Jaark used clay as a construction material. That means walls and foundations are still there to be excavated and studied.
To unearth these signs of Thailand's rich past, Earthwatchers dug in excavation pits and did very fine, detail-oriented work to extract delicate artifacts. They also cleaned and sorted newly discovered finds and mapped the archaeological features of the site. In their off-hours, they visited the nearby museum founded by these researchers and local community members. In other words, they connected with Thailand’s past and present.