Htay Hla Aung, Min Latt
River erosion on December 5 unearthed remains of an ancient Pyu city in Mandalay Region.
The Samone River carried away about six feet (1.8 metres) of land in Nabekan village in Wundwin Township and exposed skeletal remains, urns containing bone pieces and parts of a structure thought to be a city wall.
An expert in Myanmar cultural architecture, Win Maung, dated the remnants at between 1st and 5th century AD.
“I’m sure the remains belong to a Pyu city which lived near the sea between 1st and 5th century AD,” said Win Maung. “It might be a fort city that guarded a greater city.”
Silt deposition by the river apparently buried the remnants of the old city, he speculated.
The archaeological remains were first discovered by local residents who reported them to experts. The natives demanded that experts dig deeper into the ground if further discoveries are revealed.
Nabekan village teacher Myo Thet said: “U Win Maung told us to keep an eye on the find and that he would inform the authorities. The remains were buried six feet underground. So I think hand-digging will not be so efficient. We need the help of machines to dig deeper.”
The unearthed fort city probably predated the Bagan Empire and the southeastern wall might be carried away by the river,
The city could be one of the earliest fort cities, established between 1st and 5th century AD, and later moved to the Inkhangyi area, said Win Maung.
Translated by Nay Thiha