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Burmese Archaeologists dig into Tha
- Subject: Burmese Archaeologists dig into Tha
- From: strider@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 13 Jan 1994 09:28:00
Subject: Burmese Archaeologists dig into Thailand's past
The Nation (Bangkok)
Jan 10, 94
A Burmese archaeologist claims he and his team have found the brick
foundation of a wooden building built by the Thais within King
Bayinnoung's Palace in the township of Bago, 50 miles north of Rangoon.
He also claims that the building was lived in by Thai princess Chao Fa
Supankullaya, King Naresuan the Great's older sister.
U Nyunt Han, Deputy Director General of Burma's Department of
Archaeology, revealed this information to Thai archaeologists of the Fine
Arts Department during a brief seven hour layover in Bangkok on a
transfer from Vietnam to Chinag Mai, last Tuesday.
King Bayinnoung's Palace is in the ancient city of Hanthawaddy, Pego,
known as Hongsawaddy to Thais, which dates back to the 16th century, and
is currently called Bago.
King Bayinnoung, knows as the "Omnipotent Conqueror" was a great kin g
of the 16th century Burmese empire who united many independent towns,
including Mon, Pyu, Ava and Marid, to build Burma as a great empire. He
was the first Burmese king to achieve success in conquering the Ayutthaya
"I believe the recently unearthed building's foundation was resided in
by Thai Princess Supankullaya" said U Nyunt Han.
Although there are few standing remains on the site, as the entire
palace and Hanthawaddy city were destroyed and set on fire during the
invasion of the northern Arakanese in 1599, the archaeologists are
confident enough to identify the remains of each building within the
"We found the remains of a palace. We tried to identify what
palace it was and who the palace belonged to. We have ancient literary
records and we base our research on the study of the ancient records." he
said. He added that there are approximately 68 buildings inside the 40
We found the remains of a square brick form. On top of the
square brick from platform sits a teak wood form. The superstructure of
this building was made of brick and wood" he said.
Nikom Musikacama, the Fine Arts Dept. deputy director general who
recently visited the site explained that the pattern of the foundation
is not traditional Burmese but is traditional Thai.
U Nyunt Han will give a talk on archaeological excavation in Burma on Jan
13, 1:30 pm at the National Museum, Bangkok Thailand.
For details, call 224 2050.