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History Ancient Coconut Island

"Koh Samui" (Samui Island) - This name has been known among ancient boatman for a long time. "Khwan Fa", a stone ax used to hunt animals with during the stone age, was found here leading us to believe that human beings had been living on this island during that period. The most important archeological evidence was found in 2520 B.E. (1977 A.D.) in the area of Wat Talingpang (Wat Kiriwongkaram), Talingpang Village. It is a "Glong Mahoratuek Samrid" (Mahoratuek Samrid Drum), which is now kept at Chaiya National Museum, Suratthani Province. This kind of drum was also found at Moo 6 Mared Village (Baan Lamai) in July 2000 and now is housed at the Lamai Cultural Hall.

These evidences are the best proof that the people on Koh Samui had made contact with people outside the island before recorded hostory, trading their goods from the sea and the exchange of the cultures. The Glong Mahoratuek is considered to be a part of the Dong Son culture that has its origins around the Songma River, Thun Hua District located in the north of Veitnam. On The drum a boat
delivering souls is depicted with its head tail curled a little bit upward. In the boat are bird and 5 or 6 half bird half man cretures with their heads decorated with feathers. This type of boat is believed to have been made from some kind of grass, the same kind as the first grass boats seen in Egyptian paintngs. This drum was popular in Southeast Asia. It has been found in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, and on the islands to the soth. The discovery of archaeological sea resources in 2527 B. E. (1984 A. D.), by archaeologists from the Fine Arts Depaetment, found that Samui islanders had traded with people from near and afar since the Ayuttaya Era. Evidence of this is shown by the discovery of " Rua Samui" (" Samui Boat" , named so because of the location where it was found). It is a sampan with a flat body which contained many examples of the pottery of that period. It was found sunk under the water about half way between Koh Samui and koh Taen (an island south of Koh Samui). Most of the pottery found were products of Srisatchanalai and Mae Nam Noi, Singburi Province. The pots were of all sizes and some had four handles. There were cooking pots, jugs, cooking ovens, Sangkalok porcelain and celadon. There was also porcelain and celadon made in China, bronze-coated utensils from the Ayuttaya Era, and short rounded stone tables.

This discovery suggests that the sampan sailed around southeast Asia. There isn't enough evidence to conclude if the boat carried other goods. Even though porcelains were found, they amounted to a very small number compared to the size of the boat. Coconuts were also found on the boat which could half been either provisions or goods or both. It is hard to tell the quantity of coconuts it carried because a lot of them could have floated away when the sampan sank. It is very possible that coconuts might have been a major part of the cargo carried in the Samui sampan. Koh Samui has been the land of coconuts for a very long time and therefore it is possible that the Samui sampan had sailed from a port north of the Gulf of Thailand and stopped at Koh Samui to load up and then it headed south to Nakornsrithammarat or Pattalung. However it sank before completing the trip. This last trip could have been around the 23rd to the beginning of the 24th buddhist Century, which was around the end of the Ayuttaya Era.

 
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