Burma’s Shan and Kachin States – No Archeology?

Shan Landscape

Shan Landscape

North of Thailand is Burma’s Shan State, called the Shan States in plural going a little further back in recent history. North of this is Kachin State. Looking on Wikipedia we find no archeological information in either of these states. It’s interesting as through these, at least the Shan State, would have been the migration routes of the Tai, Bamar and Mon peoples. Further south we can pick up the movement by the cities they built. I do wonder if under the vegetation we have lost cities going back to pre-history. Where’s Indiana Jones when you need him.

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3 Responses to “Burma’s Shan and Kachin States – No Archeology?”

  1. maewnam Says:

    Just because the Wikipedia articles don’t say anything about it does not mean it is not existing. Since Burma/Myanmar is quite locked away from the rest of the world, the Wikipedia articles are very incomplete, so you’d have to browse through the scientific literature to find information on the history and prehistory of that area.

    I don’t have it at hand now, but Charles Highams “Early Cultures of Mainland Southeast Asia” (http://www.librarything.com/work/2898237/book/27133415) would be the layman book to look for any notable archaelogical sites in that area.

  2. maewnam Says:

    I’ve now checked with that book, it only lists a single site in Burma, and bronze age cemetery at Nyaunggan in the Chindwin Valley, quoted to be the first ever bronze age site discovered in Burma. Seems like the really is not much archaeological research going on in Burma.

    The German wikipedia article on this site refers to the book “The Archaeology of Burma (Myanmar) from the Neolithic to Pagan, In: Southeast Asia, from prehistory to history”, ISBN 0-415-29777-X, there you should be able to find more on the topic.

  3. dannycjmsea Says:

    Thanks Maewnam. Although I didn’t do it well I was pondering that the Shan States have probably be unsafe to visit for one reason or another since WW2. I doubt if that much archeology has been done there. With modern equipment there might be a few surprises discovered in that area. Of course it’s still not what could be called a safe area.

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