On September 11, 2020, Wangtum Lowang, founder of Nocte Digest, documented six early 19th Century earthen pots belonging to Humchha Lowang families of Namsang village. Each pot weighs fourteen kilograms and stands 1.8 feet tall! At the neck of each pot is an inscription of Burmese letters, further solidifying the origin of the tribe.
As of 2020, no carbon dating has been done to determine the exact period of the earthen pots. However, as per the statement of the owner of the pots, Butwang Humchha Lowang (two pots) and Poanwang Humchha Lowang (four pots), the pots were brought from Longthan (now Laptang) by their forefathers. Longthan was the first settlement of the Namsang people. They changed their settlement to present-day Namsang in between 1800 and 1810 because of its growing rivalry with Borduria.
The pots weighed in between 12 and 15 kilograms. The pot in mint condition stood 1.8 feet tall (50 centimetre), and the one with the damaged top, stood at 1.6 feet (46 centimetres). The mouth of the pot measured 9 centimetre in diameter. Each pot had the capacity of 36,000 cubic centimetres or 36.09 litres.
Two out of six pots were patterned. As shown in the photo, Pattern I is more artistic than Pattern II. Pattern I is a collection of vertical lines that seems to be drawn with the help of some kind of cast. On the other hand, Pattern II contain lines drawn at certain angle from left to right.
Figure A is the side view of the upper part of the pots. From the picture it is evident that some kind of pottery wheel was used to create such type of shape.
Figure B is the base view of the pot. The base is a perfect sphere, indicating the use of some fine tools to make the pot. Consequently, the pot can not stand upright with support.
Figure C is the drone view of the pot. From here we can see that the neck of the pot is much thinner than the main body.
Figure D is similar to Figure A. But here, the neck is bit longer and a circular design is drawn at its base. The beginning of Pattern I can be seen here.
After cleaning the surface of the pots, revealed its most fascinating feature. Four out of six pots had old Burmese scripts inscribed below its neck! The scripts are as shown below:
The inscriptions written on Poanwang's pot is termed as Exhibit A. From the photo, it is clear that there are three letters, and the two lines at the bottom seem to symbolize a full stop.
In reference with the preliminary results of the research on Nocte Stone Tablet, we can conclude that the script is an old Burmese script, possibly Shan and Pali. So far, we have found only the translation of the last letter, ၆ , is 6.
Therefore, we can conclude that the inscriptions are not alphabet and since they are numbers, it could be a date.
Unlike other inscriptions, Exhibit B of Butwang's pot is written at its body and the size of the letter is double. From the photo it is clear that, the inscription contain one letter, and like in Exhibit A, two lines are drawn at the bottom. The translation is not yet available.
Exhibit C is a one letter inscription. The size of the inscription is smaller than the rests. The translation is not yet available.
Like Exhibit B, the inscriptions in Exhibit D is done at the body of the pot. There are two identical letters separate by a line. The translation is not yet available.