(SEAArch) Ayutthaya’s lesser known sites may be lost in the flood triage

(SEAArch) Ayutthaya’s lesser known sites may be lost in the flood triage

Lesser-known historic sites in the ancient capital were severely damaged by the floods and now that reconstruction has begun they may be forever abandoned in favour of more prominent spots Walking down splintered side roads in post-flood Ayutthaya recently – among the rotting debris of rubbish mountains, animal carcasses and rusted motor vehicles – I sensed that the aftermath would be harsh. Homes had been destroyed. Large trees had been ripped up by their roots. Many parts of the city still remained beneath water after two to three months of flooding. My task was to seek out small deserted ruins (wat raeng) and countryside temples (wat rad), ones that few locals and tourists have ever heard of, so that I could survey the damage. This personal research was the saddest academic activity I have ever undertaken. Flooding caused at least one large ruin to collapse into a mound...

Full article: http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/2011/12/13/ayutt...

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