Japanese researchers announce the discovery of a kilm site producing celadons in the southern Myanmar city of Mawlamyaing.
Asahi Shimbun, 28 March 2016
An archaeological site in southern Myanmar may be the missing link in a chain that explains how sublime celadon porcelain from Asia ended up as far as the Middle East centuries ago.
Celadon pottery, distinctive by its jade green celadon color, was highly prized by China’s imperial court in ancient times.
Researchers at the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, as well as Kyoto University, recently joined a team from Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture, along with specialists from the archaeology department at the University of Yangon, to excavate the site on privately-held land.
The Kyoto University team was led by Mamoru Shibayama, director of the ASEAN Center at the university. The Feb. 3-6 dig was at a kiln operated in Mawlamyaing, now the capital of Mon State in southern Myanmar that faces the Andaman Sea.