SKELETAL remains of an elephant, believed to have died at least 200 years ago, was unearthed within the compound of a monastery in the Mandalay region. -NSTP/FilePix

SKELETAL remains of an elephant, believed to have died at least 200 years ago, was unearthed within the compound of a monastery in the Mandalay region.

Sayadaw U Thizzana, the head monk at the monastery at Shan Kalay Kyun in Amarapura, told The Myanmar Times that the discovery was made by workers who were digging the ground to build a new dining hall.

Amarapura was once the capital of Myanmar during the reign of King Bodawpaya, the sixth king of the Konbaung Dynasty, from 1782 to 1823.

"We first found the bones five days ago and will continue digging to recover the whole body,” the head monk said.

U Thizzana said according to local history there was once an elephant shed at the entrance of the village.

There was an elephant shed in the village during the reign of King Bodawpaya at about the time of the establishment of Amarapura, so I guess the bones are over 200 years old.”

Some officials from the Archaeological Department came to inspect the bones, which have been put on display at the monastery,” the monk added.