Research and graduate studies join to prove the DNA of an ancient cow-buffalo bone that is over 3000 years old.

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The Thai Buffalo Conservation and Development Association, Ban Chiang National Museum, and Livestoc in Udon Thani Province collaborated with Khon Kaen University to prove DNA of ancient buffalo bones dating back over 3000 years.

Prof. Monchai Duangjinda, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Khon Kaen University, and his team were invited to a meeting with Udon Thani Provincial Livestock Office by the head of the Livestock Promotion and Development Group Thai Buffalo Conservation and Development Association; ; Mr. Suphawat Srichet and Ban Chiang National Museum by the Director of Ban Chiang National Museum; Ms. Kanokwalai Suriyatham, Mayor of Ban Chiang Sub-district; Mr. Sumeth Khamphiman and livestock officials, Udon Thani Province on December 8th , 2021.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the preparation of a project at Ban Chiang National Museum for DNA testing of cattle-buffalo skeletons. The bones of such enormous creatures resemble cattle-buffaloes discovered in Ban Chiang Sub-district, which is the world’s 3000-year-old source of ancient civilizations.

Khon Kaen University is a university in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Apply existing information in sample collection planning to study species and document the origins of animal species in ancient labor using scientific data. Archaeological evidence is crucial for confirming the authenticity of the ancient history of laboring animals. The data gathered as a result of this collaboration is extremely beneficial for archeological research in the Ban Chiang sub-district. The research department and grads, on the other hand, want to ask for authorization to explore the region and collect samples from the excavated bones as a following step.