Arrests made for illegal earth removal at Mrauk-U

Mrauk-U. Source: Mizzima 20160310

Arrests were made in Myanmar’s Rakhine state when people illegally removed earth from the Mrauk-U site. The removal of earth appears to be in conjunction with construction rather than archaeological looting.

Mrauk-U. Source: Mizzima 20160310
Mrauk-U. Source: Mizzima 20160310

28 arrested for Mrauk-U archaeological site earth removal
Mizzima, 10 March 2016

Police arrested 28 people illegally removing earth from the Mrauk-U archaeological site in Arakan State on 5 March, according to U Nyein Lwin, the Director General of the Mrauk-U Archaeology Department.

He said: “I had issued a strict notice prohibiting any digging activity in those ancient areas but they did not follow my direction. So I went to the location along with other officials and finally ordered them to arrest the offenders.”

Mrauk-U is an archaeologically important site containing many ancient forts. Previously Battalion LIB 378 of the Burma Army occupied the site, but they have since moved to another area.

Full story here.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Arrests made for illegal earth removal at Mrauk-U”

  1. Is it open for tourists again? I tried to go several years ago and only got to sitwe with it too insecure to travel further and restricted for tourism.

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