Unique building excavated in Sri Ksetra

Recent excavations at Sri Ksetra in Myanmar have uncovered the remains of an unusual building – a brick structure containing burial urns and a well.

New find at Pyu dig
The Myanmar Times, 09-15 January 2012

Excavation work at an archaeological site near Phayarma Pagoda at Sri Ksetra has uncovered a building unlike any other found at the ancient Pyu city, government officials say.

Excavation on the site began in early September and has been led by the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library under the Ministry of Culture. The remains of a brick structure 14 metres long, 11m wide and 1.3m high were discovered near Phayarma pagoda at Sri Ksetra, located near Pyay in western Bago Region.

The structure was found to hold 25 pots containing burial urns. It also had a well, 75 centimetres in diametre, and the baked floor of the structure is thought to have been regularly exposed to fire when the building was in use. However, little else is known about it at present.

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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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