‘Iron Age evidence’ found in central Myanmar

The apparent bone particles and pieces from a pot.


Archaeological evidence unearthed in the central Myanmar is thought to be from the Iron Age and the area is now designated as a heritage zone, according to the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library.

The area in Myingyan District, Mandalay Region, was formerly used as pasture. A landslide during a road project revealed four holes which were suspected to be dug unofficially.

Upon investigation, the deputy director of the department in Mandalay discovered bone particles, iron weapons and earthen pots and plates from the holes.

Deputy Director Hla Shwe said: “We found eight skulls along with forearm and thigh bones. There are also pieces of pots, plates and iron weapons.”

He said he thought the area was once inhabited by Iron Age people, given the unearthed iron tools.

“Five hundred feet radius from the centre of the spot is designated as a heritage zone. We will have to dig deeper.”

Statistics show Iron Age evidence is occasionally found along the Bago Range, Samone river valley and central parts of the country.