วันศุกร์, 17 กันยายน 2010 09:59 น.
จาก: "Ayutthaya Historical Research"
ถึง: "Bidya Sriwattanasarn"
Dear Khun Bidiya,
Hope you and you're spouse are doing well. Hereby a small update of the last weeks. I mainly have been busy with updating my Google maps on temples, canals and historical sites. I also have been trying to catch up with the writing about a number of temple sites for the website as I want to finalize my first objective (catalogue all temples within Ayutthaya district) I set more than a year ago.
I have been partly reading de La Loubere’s “A new Historical Relation of the Kingdom of Siam” and I had to think about you. I remember you told me at the site of Wat Phutthai Sawan, that you suspected the Portuguese having brought the use (and making) of roof tiles to Siam. DLL writes (John Villiers – White Lotus, Bangkok, 1986, page 31): “The King of China’s Palace is still of wood; and this persuades me that brick buildings are very modern at Siam, and that the Europeans have there introduced the practice and use thereof.” So also de La Loubère speculated that the use of bricks (and tiles) was a practice brought from the western world. Maybe a quote you can use for your thesis.
I sent some pictures to TAT last week of a tree fallen on a monument site, a dump of garbage close to a tourist spot and a iron cable ready to behead people on a walking-bicycling track, but I got no response.
I have been studying the old Rama III map and made a digital interactive map of it. I still am in pain with about 20 locations, of which I can impossibly read the names. Probably I will find it when I read the “Pradu Songtham” book. I am still busy with the Phraya Boran’s one.
Yesterday on visiting some sites in the southern area (Tambon Pak Kran & Ban Run), I found the location of an old temple site, which I had not yet on my list. It is a brick mound, where before stood the foundations of a chedi as being told by the two monks on retreat in that location. It is in the middle of nowhere surrounded by rice fields. A canal though seems to be leading to the Chao Phraya River. The site was called Wat Chumphon and could have been a gathering place for troops in the southern area.
I have also seen that FAD has been making a test pit southwest of Viharn Phra Mongkhon Bophit, near the local market place. I saw quite a few brick layers at a depth of two meters. Wonder what there might have been. Remains of Wat Sri Chiang Sai?
I passed also at the Dutch Settlement yesterday. I was surprised to see that so little had been done on the site since my last visit on 06 July, although there are plenty of workers living in shacks on the site. I spoke with a drunken worker who came to my encounter, and out of what he garbled, I could make out that they wait for ground to up-level the site near the river (making of a dam to avoid flooding?). On the spot where they have been building the basic foundations of the future Dutch Information Center, there are a lot of shattered bricks, which led to the presumption that also on that spot there was some brickwork very close to the Chao Phraya (maybe the old quay).
So that was it in short. If there is something whereby I can help you for your thesis, let me know.