The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Mysterious language stumps researchers

A recently discovered stone inscription in five languages – including one that is yet to be identified – is thought to be the oldest of its kind yet found in Myanmar, a prominent archaeologist says. The royal inscription, found in Mandalay Region’s Myittha township in early November, also features text in Myanmar, Pyu, Mon and Pali.

U Win Maung (Tampawady) said at a ceremony in Mandalay on December 14 that the inscription, which describes the donations of King Sawlu, who ruled Bagan from 1078-84, is “undoubtedly” older than the Gubyaukgyi inscription from 1113, which is considered the oldest known stone inscription in Myanmar.

It is also older than the Myazedi and Yazakumar inscriptions, he said. While the stone is incomplete, it is thought to have been almost 6 feet (1.8 metres) high.

“These royal inscriptions were made by King Sawlu during the Bagan period because they mention Sawlu’s royal titles,” U Win Maung said at a ceremony dedicated to the anniversary of the birth of U Mg Mg Tin, a noted archaeologist.