July 22 2005 at 12:33PM
By Jay Lindsay
“Salem, Massachusetts – The kingdom of Ayutthaya prospered in south-east Asia for more than four centuries, standing as an economic and cultural ally of the great nations of Europe and the Far East.
Then, it was gone.
In 1767, the Burmese invaded the capital city of the kingdom, also known in the West as Siam, and left it in ruins. Its records were obliterated and treasures destroyed, scattered and lost to memory, some buried deep in the sacred chambers.”