A prominent traditional architect suggested a search for more evidences to prove Tagaung has existed since 2000 years ago.
The previous belief was that Tagaung may not be earlier than King Anawrahta who ruled Bagan in the 11th century. But the discovery of a 40-foot building with Pyu decorations dated back to the period between the 5th and 7th centuries in the southern corner of the zone has changed the historical value of Tagaung.
“The Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library has officially announced the discovery. So, it is clear that Tagaung is much earlier than King Anawarahta, and even if Taung did not exist during the lifetime of Buddha as said in the legends, its existence might be as earlier as the 1st century or over 2000 years ago. We need financial assistance to do more research,” said Tampawady U Win Maung, who is a traditional architect.
The geographical conditions show that human settlement first began in the norther part of the zone.
Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)