Sharjah24 – AFP: The ancient city of Si Thep, which archaeologists date back to between 1,500 to 1,700 years ago, may be inscribed in UNESCO's cultural world heritage list this week, Thailand's first addition since 1992. But the looting of the city's artefacts has hindered the efforts of archaeologists to unravel the full historical site.
Commenting on this, Tanachaya Tiandee, archaeologist at Si Thep Historical Park said, “Artefacts that used to be in Si Thep have been smuggled out to many places. Some are still in the country while some have become private properties of foreign entities, for example, the Solar Diety that is now at Norton Simon museum. The only thing we could do now about the stolen artefacts is look at photos."