Local people and experts have called for measures to protect the ancient cultural objects near Hanlin, one of the ancient cities of the Pyu Era, and listed as a World Heritage Site, in Wetlat Township, Shwebo District, Sagaing Region, as they are being excavated for sales.
Local sources say that around 10,000 people come to the site every day for excavations after some ancient cultural objects had been discovered in the farmlands near northern Htangyi Village near Hanlin in May.
After photos and videos had spread on social media about a large number of people digging for ancient cultural objects, some pointed out the need to take prevention while some others argued that locals are doing so because they are facing financial difficulties.
“They got various kinds of objects such as beads and even jewelries if they were lucky. They don’t need to dig very deep. The objects can be found even if they dig about two or three feet deep. These days, less people come. But there have been a large number of people coming here like a festival. Buyers are already there,” said a local resident in Wetlat Township.