Excavations at Pyu site resumes

Archaeologists hope to uncover the centre of the palace grounds in the 11th century Pyu site of Srikshetra (also known as Sri Ksetra).

Archaeologists to resume Srikshetra dig
Myanmar Times, 4-10 October 2010

A team of officials and students from the state-run Field School of Archaeology (Pyay) will resume seasonal excavations early this month of the palace complex in the ancient Pyu city of Srikshetra in northern Bago Region.

The principal of the school, U Thein Lwin, said the aim of the dig will be to “uncover the centre of the palace grounds”.

“Based on archaeological and historical evidence, we hope to be able to determine the chronology of events at the palace, the stratigraphy of the site and the history of the structure,” he said.

Srikshetra – located in Hmaw Zar village, about 8 kilometres (5 miles) southeast of present-day Pyay – flourished as a major Pyu settlement from the fourth to ninth centuries AD, pre-dating the rise of Bagan in the 11th century.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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