More on the destruction of Mrauk U

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Another article on the destruction of archaeological sites of Mrauk U in Western Myanmar. There is also a photo gallery of the destruction of sites in Narinjara, and it is reported that the construction company has been very sensitive to people taking photos and videos of the site.

Laung Bwan Brauk Pagoda - image from

Mrauk U Pagodas Damaged by Railroad Construction
The Irrawady, 24 November 2010

Destruction of Mrauk U sites, 7 November 2010
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Railway project destroys archaeological sites at Mrauk U

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Archaeological sites and buildings at the Arakanese city of Mrauk U are being destroyed to make way for a railway line that cuts through the city’s main archaeological zone. So far, there has been little response by the central government to appeals by local politicians and monks. [Thanks to Dr Pamela Gutman for the news]

Andaw Thein in Mrauk U. CC image.

Archaeological Sites Bulldozed for Railroad Construction in Arakan, 18 November 2010

Anger at ‘destructive’ railway project
Democratic Voice of Burma, 18 November 2010
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Steps taken to preserve remains of razed prehistoric earthwork site

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An update about the Cambodian prehistoric earthwork site that was flattened last week by unauthorised construction works – the authorities have stepped in to work with the land owners so that the planned buildings can be moved elsewhere, while efforts are bing made to also cordon off the area because archaeological material can still be recovered from the site.

Cambodian Authorities Rally to Protect Historical Site, 10 September 2010
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Archaeological site destroyed in Cambodia

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Kent Davis posts some distressing news of a prehistoric circular earthwork site in Memot District, Kampong Cham Province in Cambodia that was levelled last week – without permission – to make way for temporary housing and development. Cambodian prehistory is not well studied, and the loss of a prehistoric site such as this represents a great and permanent gap in our knowledge of Cambodia’s prehistoric past. Alison has a great post about circular earthwork sites in Cambodia that you can read here.

Bulldozers Destroy Priceless Archaeological Site in Cambodia, 05 September 2010
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The (w)rong temple destroyed and rebuilt

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With the recent spotlight of conservation in the Vietnamese news, it emerges that the 700-year-old Rong Temple was audaciously demolished in January – to be rebuilt in time for next year’s 1,000 year anniversary of Hanoi. The ctach is, it sounds like the temple was needlessly destroyed and the local authorities apparently overstated the state of deterioration of the temple. In fact, some parts of the temple was renovated and repaired as recently as last year! The picture that seems to be emerging is that many conservation works being done in Vietnam are slipshod and detrimental to the original structure.

Authorities say were misled in demolished temple controversy
Thanh Nien News, 14 April 2009
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