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Thai archaeologists hunt ancient artwork

This picture, taken on September 10, 2020, shows archaeologists from the Fine Arts Department in Ratchaburi as they look for newly-discovered cave paintings in the Khao Sam Roi Yot national park, in the coastal Prachuap Kiri Khan Province. (Photo by Reuters)

An antelope, a lonely figure, a family linking arms — Kanniga Premjai shines her flashlight across a cave to reveal long-hidden paintings, a stunning discovery for Thailand's scrappy team of archaeologists.

For months, Kanniga and her small team have combed Sam Roi Yot National Park, about four hours southwest of Bangkok, following a ranger wielding a machete as he slashes a path through thorny vegetation. 

They had searched about 40 caves — with no luck — before they stumbled on a cavern located on a steep climb through rocky cliff terrain. 

(Source: AFP)

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