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Myanmar’s World Heritage First Entry

Posted on Jul, 17, 2014
Contributed to WCHV by Danielle

pyuLate last month (June 2014), after a long wait, Myanmar received the approval to have one of its sites entered onto the World Heritage List by the UNESCO. The inscription of its first site, Pyu Ancient Cities, includes the remains of three brick, walled and moated cities of Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra located in vast irrigated landscapes in the dry zone of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River basin. They reflect the Pyu Kingdoms that flourished for over 1,000 years between 200 B.C and 900 A.D. The three cities are currently partly excavated archaeological sites. Remains include excavated palace citadels, burial grounds and early industrial production sites, as well as monumental brick Buddhist stupas, partly standing walls and water management features which are still in use today, and that underpinned the organized intensive agriculture.

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