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     Burmese poem which compared him with Shin Disapramuk who intervened with the Mongol Khan to save Pagan from destruction at the end of the 13th century:
     Arid we, like orphaned children, Were helpless to protect Pagan
Singly stood Pramuk Velu,
A fortress like Mount Meru,
Guarding Pagan's golden rayed
Temples, stupas, arches, sikharas.
     Pagan folk still talk much of their great saya, remembering how, in his explorations, he would always circumvent a field for fear of damaging a crop.
     Since Luce, little that is original on Pagan's art and architecture has appeared. His disciples and friends, whom he trained or encouraged for. the task, have continued his work though much hampered by lack of resources and encouragement. 37 With Burma's independence, exploration has tended towards the Pyu sites and as a consequence surprisingly little remains known of the material culture of the Pagan periods. Dr Than Tun, a Burmese historian, has contributed much to our knowledge of Pagan's history, social and economic life, in, firstly, a brilliant doctoral thesis and then a series of articles published in various learned journals, through the detailed study of epigraphic sources. Meanwhile, at Pagan, the work of conservation and restoration continued under the direction of the Burma Archaeology Department.
G.H.Luce      In 1975 a disaster of tragic and monstrous proportions struck the city that had so narrowly escaped destruction in the last war, in the form of an earthquake. Entire temples, like the Bu-hpaya, were demolished, the superstructure of the Gadawpalin was completely destroyed, perhaps the worst sufferers were the numerous Konbaung period structures, like the Upali Thein, whose brickwork was less sound than that of the Pagan periods and cracked in many places ruining the once vivid mural paintings. Thus, in addition to restoring a vast number of already decayed monuments, the department was faced with the task of initiating a number of large scale building operations. Fortunately, UNDP / UNESCO came to Burma's assistance with funds and expertise and rebuilding has proceeded not only speedily but accurately, following the original designs. Following from these restorations, UNESCO have sponsored the Ecole Francaise d' Extreme-Orient to assist the Archaeology Department in the ambitious scheme of making a complete inventory of all the monuments, with the intention to publish the plans, photographs and descriptions of each monument in the near future."' This vast work will greatly assist the scholar of the future in a study of Pagan architecture, and record less well-known structures in case of future destruction. Thus, there is some hope for the art history of Pagan.

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