Remembering Mauro Cucarzi’s legacy: From Pyu cities to Bagan’s world heritage nomination

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Mr Mauro Cucarzi and Myanmar archaeologists at work.

Italian archaeologist Mr Mauro Cucarzi, director of the Lerici Foundation, passed away in Italy on 25th April, as confirmed by the Department of Archaeology and National Museum. He was 83 years old.
Mr Cucarzi made significant contributions to Myanmar through his collaboration with local researchers, particularly in laying the groundwork for World Heritage nominations of Pyu Cities and Bagan. He was renowned for his expertise in non-invasive investigation of archaeological sites.
His involvement with the country began in 2002 during his research into Sri Ksetra, an ancient Pyu city. From 2012 to 2020, he worked closely with researchers from the Department of Archaeology and National Museum on various projects, including mapping geographic information systems, excavation, preservation, and documentation of archaeological data on Sri Ksetra, Beikthano, Hanlin, Bagan, and MraukU. The Italian government and UNESCO sponsored these projects.
Mr Cucarzi played a vital role in establishing the laboratory at the Field School of Archaeology and provided invaluable support in educating archaeological staff in both academic and managerial aspects. He advised the department to initiate the establishment of the school.
Mr Cucarzi continued to collaborate with the department until his passing. — ASH/NT

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