Narinjara News

Ancient Artefacts of Arakan Handover

Akyab, March 25: An Arakanese monk donated invaluable 5 ancient coins of Pyu age to National museum of Burma through the SPDC’s minister.

This donation ceremony was held at Padawmoh monastery of Pridawtha quarter in Akyab (Sittwe), provincial city of Arakan state, on 19th March.

Ceremony was attended by Cultural Minister Major General Kyi Aung and other officials to accept the coins and the monk who is the abbot of Padawmoh Monastery was also conferred with a honorary certificate in return.

It was learnt that the coins were of one thousand years ago and were depicted with pictures of Siriwitta on one side and, conch on the other. These ancient artefacts will be displayed at the National museum in Rangoon.

Though the coins were found in Arakan by an Araknese monk, was forced to donate them to state authority, some of the local devotees of the monk complained.

At present SPDC military government has been excavating the site of ancient Arakan capital, Dannyawadi, existed between B.C. 3325 and A.D. 326.

The site is adjacent to Mahamuni Great Temple of Kyauktaw Township in Arakan state.  Possibility of more ancient artefacts finding is expected, it is learnt.

Burmese government has been stashing away invaluable ancient archaeological works of Arakan to the places where Burman are in a majority.

According to some intellectuals, SPDC military government has been destroying mementos of Arakan, which are historically important as the evidence of Arakan once independent nation with rich heritage. #