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Title: Bob Hudson's Slightly Whimsical South East Asian Archaeology Home Page.
Description/subject: Archaeology, pre 1400 AD, mostly Burma/Myanmar. 8 or 9 papers and reports. Titles include: "The Merits of Rebuilding Bagan A paper on a major controversy in the world of heritage management!"; "Some current archaeological research in Myanmar/Burma"; "Making earthenware pottery in Myanmar/Burma - a continuing tradition"; "GIS resources for Myanmar/Burma; Buddhist archetecture at Bagan, Burma (Now known as Bagan, Myanmar".
Author/creator: Bob Hudson
Language: English
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Selective Works on Myanmar History, Culture, Archeology and Literature after Independence
Description/subject: 98 papers (full text pdf files) on the history and archeology of Burma, most in Burmese, some in English, by: U Aung Thaw; Col. Ba Shin; Burma. The Directorate of Archaeological Survey; Daw Kyan; U Lu Pe Win; Takathou Maung Maung Gyi; Thiripyanchi U Mya; U Myint Aung; U Pe Maung Tin; U Sein Maung Oo; Taik Soe; U Than Swe; Dr. Than Tun; Henry Wotten; Dr. Yi Yi; Saya Zaw Gyi; Zeyya.
Language: Mostly Burmese. Some English
Source/publisher: Seattle, Wash. : University of Washington Libraries, 2001-
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: April 2003


Individual Documents

Title: CHANGE IN THE LANDSCAPE OF FIRST MILLENIUM AD MYANMAR
Date of publication: September 2006
Description/subject: "Environmental change was as much part of the ancient landscape as it is of the present. The landscape, however, is often described as a static ‘other’ beneath our feet rather than the world which is all around us.2 In cataloging the rivers and streams where sites and artefacts of first millennium AD Myanmar are located, we draw attention in this paper to the constant alteration to both built and natural elements. Our understanding of these sites and the cultures from which they emerged is distorted, for by and large only a small portion of the country's river system has been systematically surveyed. Nonetheless, eloquent testimony of human response to environmental inconstancy remains in most regions of Myanmar. Traces of this relationship can be seen in the 'archaeological scars' which are part of today's landscape.3 Aung Myint, who coined this term, likened it to the process of scar tissue forming over to a deep cut when large quantities of soil are displaced adjacent to natural and manmade features such as in-gyi or seasonal lakes and walls made of earth, laterite and brick.4 We refer often to such features, but also to smaller signs, from stone implements to terracotta urns and tiles. After an overview of the multiple water networks along which sites and artefacts have been recorded, we detail a range of changes, beginning in Lower Myanmar and ending at Tagaung. We devote the final section of the paper to this site, to highlight the use of the natural setting as well as the fresh scope offered by artefacts for understanding patterns of interaction during the first millennium AD..."
Author/creator: Elizabeth Moore & U Win Maung (Tampawaddy)
Language: English
Source/publisher: SOAS Bulletin of Burma Research 4.2 (Autumn 2006)
Format/size: pdf (8.1MB)
Date of entry/update: 24 April 2008


Title: Thoughts on some chronological markers of Myanmar archaeology in the pre-urban period.
Date of publication: February 2005
Description/subject: "Archaeologists deal with material that was deposited, discarded, lost or deliberately buried over long and often difficult-to-discern periods of time. This paper presents some ideas for periodising Myanmar archaeology and interpreting archaeological evidence that may reduce our reliance on the old-style European terminology of “Neolithic”, “Bronze Age” and “Iron Age”. The development of technology in preurban Myanmar has involved increasing complexity and an increasing diversity in the materials used (as Tan discusses in detail in his paper elsewhere in this volume) rather than the sudden replacement of one material by another as might be implied in the notion of a sequence of “ages”. The addition of copper/bronze and iron to a technological repertoire that before the arrival of metals included highly skilled drilling and polishing of stone tools and ornaments can be put into a broad timescale. But we can also look for other indicators of the passing of time..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: 2005 Yangon University Archaeology Journal, 10th anniversary commemorative volume
Format/size: pdf
Date of entry/update: 01 December 2005


Title: NAIVE IMAGES OF THE BUDDHA
Date of publication: 2004
Description/subject: "A popular perception of the Buddha images of Burma, Thailand and Laos is that they are big. Local temples are proud of their huge, monumental statues- such as the reclining Buddha in Bangkok's "Wat Po". Guidebook photographers contribute to this perception due to their fondness for taking shots of large Buddha images with people nearby to emphasise the scale. In the middle range, museums tend to collect "museum size" pieces- which are easy to see in detail by large numbers of people, without the need for close inspection or magnification. I was once asked by a friend in the import business to check out the availablilty in Thailand of what the trade calls "decorator items"- pots, carvings and statues that one might seen in an antique or home decoration shop. He didn't mind what they were- but they had to conform to a specific size range! Not too big, not too small. Maybe the home decoration crowd and the museum curators go shopping together!..."
Author/creator: Bob Hudson
Language: English
Source/publisher: University o9f Sydney
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 01 December 2005


Title: THE ART AND CULTURE OF BURMA (Table of Contents)
Date of publication: 2002
Description/subject: "The purpose of this on-line study-guide and course-outline is to make text and visual materials on the arts of Burma readily and inexpensively available, in particular to students and teachers. These materials assume college level reading skills so that the contents may be used for independent study courses, as a resource for teachers in secondary schools, as well as anyone interested in expanding and enriching their knowledge of the Arts and Cultures of Burma. Because the text is written for a general audience it does not contain the detail or footnotes that are found in scholarly publications. A select bibliography is provided at the end of each section for those who wish to pursue topics previously discussed. The illustrations are digitized from my own collection of color slides with the several exceptions are noted..." TOC: Overview: Purpose, Extended Contents, Acknowledgements, and Geographical Overview; Art History of Burma: Synoptic Overview; Chapter 1 - Prehistoric and Animist Periods c. 1100 BC to c. 200 AD: Paleolithic and Neolithic sites, Animism, and Karen Bronze Drums; Chapter 2 - The Pre-Pagan Period: The Urban Age of the Mon and the Pyu c.200 to c.800 AD: Mon and Pyu City states: Thaton, Beikthano, Halin, and Srikshetra; Chapter 3 - the Pagan Period c. 800 AD to 1287 AD; Part 1 - Introduction and City Plan of Pagan; Part 2 - Architecture 1 - General Characteristics and Stupas; Part 3 - Architecture 2 - Temples and Monasteries Part 4 - Sculpture, Conclusion, and Bibliography; Chapter 4 - The Post Pagan Period; Part 1 - Introduction and the Ava Period; Part 2 - The Konbaung Period: Amarapura; Part 3 - Mandalay Period; Special Section: 80 Scenes of the Life of Buddha.
Author/creator: Richard M. Cooler
Language: English
Source/publisher: Northern Illinois University
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: Ancient Myanmar Cities
Date of publication: 1993
Description/subject: \\\"Contents: (1) Ancient Beikthano City, by U Aung Thaw; (2) Ancient Hanlin City, by U Myint Aung; (3) Ancient Srikhetra, by U Sein Maung Oo; (4) Excavation of ancient Tagaung city, by U Than Swe; (5) New supporting evidence of Pyu culture, by U Aung Thaw.
Author/creator: U Than Shwe, U Sein Maung Oo, U Aung Thaw, U Myint Aung
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Ministry of Information, News and Periodicals Enterprise
Format/size: pdf (2.60 MB), 31pages
Alternate URLs: http://www.lib.washington.edu/asp/myanmar/pdfs/AR0001A.pdf
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003