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March 01, 2018

TREASURES UNEARTHED — Refuge of Queen Pan Htwar discovered in Magway

Artifacts believed to date back to Pyu era were discovered in Hpo Lay Lone village in Magway township.
Artifacts believed to date back to Pyu era were discovered in Hpo Lay Lone village in Magway township.

A WALL and historic materials believed to date back to the ancient Pyu era have been discovered roughly three and a half miles north of Hpo Lay Lone village in Magway township of the same region, although there is still yet to be any effort to preserve the find, according to local residents.
Bricks found at the location are the same size and appearance of bricks from the ancient  Beikthano town. A variety of materials believed to be of the Pyu era include a smoker’s pipe, counting beads, copper plates, cups and figures which were found in the vicinity, said U Su, a local resident of Hpo Lay Lone village.
“A local farmer from Leik Kone village stumbled across a couple of gold trays whilst ploughing his fields near the site of the brick wall about two years ago. There were also people who found silver coins and ancient pots. They sold them off as they didn’t understand the value of such antiquities. Only recently I too went and dug around the site and came across a copper bird, elephant figures and old clay pipes.” U Su explained.
Local residents reportedly believed the existence of the brick wall to be merely rumour, letting it  go unrecognised as a valuable site of
Myanmar heritage.
“The brick wall mound has been spoken of through the generations as the final resting place of the Queen of the Pyu people, Pan Htwar, who, along with her Pyu people, sought refuge after they were defeated in battle.” commented another local of the Hpo Lay Lone village, U Myint Oo.
There is a local desire for the location of the brick wall mound to be excavated as it is believed there is a connection between it and the World Heritage site of the ancient Beikthano town located on the outskirts of the town of Pyay in Bago Region.
All that is left of the brick wall mound is the brick foundations in an area roughly half an acre in diameter. It is believed that the eastern and western sides of the wall show evidence of doorways when stairwells would have once stood.


Myitmakha News Agency



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