Dr. Saritpong Khunsong completed his BA (Archaeology) from the Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University in 2003, an MA (Art History) in 2005, and a PhD (Historical Archaeology) in 2010 from the same faculty. Presently he is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University. His interest is in the early history of Thailand, particularly Dvaravati Period, as well as the early maritime trade and state development in Southeast Asia. Saritpong's current research focuses on the archaeological evidence of cultural relationships between Thailand and Orissa, the development of ancient Nakhon Pathom prior to the 14th century CE, and the Prasat, Trapeang and Baray Khmer communities of Northeast Thailand during the Baphuon Period (c. 11th-12th century CE). His recent publications include Excavation of Pre-Dvaravati site at Hor-Ek in ancient Nakhon Pathom (Journal of the Siam Society), Dvaravati: The Gateway through Maritime Silk Road, and Ancient U-Thong: The Archaeological Excavation at Noen Phlab-Phla Site in 2015.