July 06, 2017

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Ancient earthen pot discovered

Construction workers check pieces of glazed pot and green objects unearthed in Mottama, Mon State.
Construction workers check pieces of glazed pot and green objects unearthed in Mottama, Mon State.

GROUP of builders have unearthed an ancient glazed earthenware pot filled with unidentifiable green objects in the Mon State town of Mottama while digging housing foundations in Thahtaygone Ward.
U Aung Myo Khaing, a member of a Mottama heritage conservation group, has said the pot, along with the objects found inside, are to be sent to archaeologists for inspection.
“We will bring pieces of the pot and the objects inside for scientific testing by archaeologists,” he said.
“It is reported that the mysterious objects discovered inside the pot have a high density and are green in colour, leading people to suspect they were items used by alchemists a century ago. The pieces seem to be a mix of bronze, lead and mercury, according to current estimations. But scientific tests should help bring some clarity,” said gold expert U Soe Oo.
“I was also oblivious to what the pot’s contents are. I’ve been living here for 70 years and have often heard of ancient pots being unearthed in Mottama, but this is the first time there’s been such a find in this ward,” said U Tin Myint, the owner of the land where the pot was discovered.
According to U Win Naing, head of the construction team that found the pot, the pot was discovered 1.5 feet below ground after one of the builders struck it with his mattock, after which it was entrusted to the land owner.

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