The ancient capital of Sri Ksetra, of the now-extinct Pyu people in central Burma may have existed even earlier than the conventional 5th century date it was supposed to have been established, and endured longer after its supposed fall to the Bagan kingdom in the 11th century. These assertions were made on the basis of similar artwork found in India dating three centuries earlier, and the number of Bagan-style architecture found in Sri Ksetra dating to after its supposed fall.
Archaeologists shed new light on old Sri Ksetra
20081112 The Myanmar Times
The Pyu settlement of Sri Ksetra could be centuries older than previously thought, according to a research paper published earlier this year.
The scholarly consensus is that the Pyu settlement arose in the fifth century CE, based largely on a stone relief now in Yangonâ€™s National Museum. But â€œthis dating might be revised backwardâ€, according to the paperâ€™s authors, as similar artwork found in India has been dated to the second century BCE.
â€œ[I]t suggests the possibility of both craft and ritual activity at [Sri Ksetra] well before the fifth century CE,â€ according to the authors, archaeologist Bob Hudson, from Australiaâ€™s University of Sydney, and Terry Lustig.