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    ASI has found evidence of water channel at Red Fort: Govt

    New Delhi: Archaeological Survey of India has found evidence of a water channel at Red Fort while carrying out excavation work, Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. Replying to a question, Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma said, scientific clearance work done by ASI at Red Fort has revealed the evidence of a water channel and system of fountains of Mehtab Bagh, which was originally built by Mughal Emperor Shajahan. The British had destroyed Mehtab Bagh during their rule and flattened the area completely, he added. On the excavation at Purana Qila in the national capital during the last season, Sharma said that the cultural sequence from Maurya to Mughal period was revealed without any break. "The notable antiquities includes sealing of Maurya period, beads, antimony rod and terracotta Yakshi figures of Sunga period, more then 20 copper coins and few areca-nut shaped terracotta beads of Kushan period, inscribed dabber and sealing of Gupta period with Brahmi legend possibly readable as Brahmavarta, a small stand stone image of Vishnu (Vaikuntha Vishnu) of Rajput period," he added.
    ASI has found evidence of water channel at Red Fort: Govt | Zee News
     
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    Tunnel Found Near Khandagiri Caves

    BHUBANESWAR: The Khandagiri Anchalika Vikash Parishad has decided to approach the State Government next week for further excavation of the tunnel that was discovered near Khandagiri caves on Friday. Member of the Parishad and former Vice-Chancellor of Utkal University of Culture, Amiya Pattnaik said the tunnel was found one km away from the Khandagiri-Udaygiri caves during a construction work, but does not hold any similarity with the Jain style of architecture. “It is not a Jain cave and might have been constructed by the kings for self- protection or storing arms. It dates back to Second Century BC. The cave is above six-feet high and we believe that on further excavation, we might find a hall inside. A detailed study on the tunnel will throw more light,” he said. As the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in charge of the Khandagiri-Udaygiri caves, the State Government will have to ask the organisation to initiate excavation works. Khandagiri and Udayagiri were the centre of meditation for the saints during the reign of King Kharavela of Chedi dynasty during First Century BC.
    Tunnel Found Near Khandagiri Caves - The New Indian Express
     
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    Cannon from Mughal era found on Musi bank

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    HYDERABAD: In a rare discovery, the archaeology and museums department, found a six-foot long 17th century cannon on the banks of Musi, on Thursday. The cannon was found on the river bank near a residential area by the east zone task force police team. Authorities in the museums department said that the 17th century cannon is in a good condition. According to experts, the cannon is from the Delhi Sultanates army and it might have been used when the Sultanates attacked the Warangal Fort, which was under the Kakatiyas. The cannon, which has a four-inch mouth and is made of bronze was used by several rulers, including the Qutub Shahis of Hyderabad between the 14th and 20th century.
    Cannon from Mughal era found on Musi bank - The Times of India
     
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    Artefacts such as perforated jars, shell bangles, terracotta beads, shells and the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, different types of pottery and two hearths have been found during excavation under way at Pachamta, a village 100 km from Udaipur in Rajasthan.

    Pachamta belongs to the Ahar-Banas culture in the Mewar region, which was contemporaneous with the early and mature Harappan culture. The Ahar culture, datable to 3,000-1,700 BCE, was chalcolithic (the Bronze Age), and its people had trade links with the Harappans.

    Rajasthan village yields artefacts of yore - The Hindu
     
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    Iron Age Urns Excavated in Auroville

    VILLUPURAM: Archaeologists recently unearthed a small settlement belonging to the Iron Age at Auroville and they believe the settlement dates back to 300 BC. The researchers have found the people of that time were rearing livestock and farming, and had strong connections with Arikamedu in the present Puducherry, which was an urban area at that time. Source said that a year ago, people, who were laying telephone cables in Auroville, found some strange stones near Matrimandir, a meditation centre, in Auroville and informed the Auroville Society managing the international township. The Society then decided to do research in the locality with the help of professor P Ravichandiran from the Department of Historical Studies at Tagore Arts and Science College, Puducherry, who informed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and got permission to excavate the spot. Ravichandiran and his team who started excavation in February found a cairn-circle at the spot and analysis of samples from there revealed it was 2,300 years old. As the researchers suspected the urns to be there, they started excavating slowly and found seven secondary burial urns, in which the remains of a person, who was buried or burned, and his belongings like plates, weapons and other things. A huge marble stone was kept on top of the urn to prevent it from being crushed by the soil. The researchers informed the ASI to proceed further and started the second phase of the excavation a few weeks ago. So far, they have unearthed 18 urns containing an iron spear and a sickle. Some pictures were drawn on the urns, which looked like sign language which was being used during that era.
    Iron Age Urns Excavated in Auroville - The New Indian Express
     
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    Roman artefacts found in Vellalore

    COIMBATORE: An archaeological team from Tirupur unearthed a 2,100-year-old Roman silver coin and 1,700-year-old copper coins in Vellalore in Coimbatore, which was once part of an ancient trade route, a few days ago. The silver coin, weighing a little over 1g, has the sun god Jupiter driving a four- horse chariot on one side. "The other side depicts Apollo, the god of music and poetry, wearing a wreath," said S Ravikumar, epigraphist, Virarajendran Archaeological and Historical Research Centre, Tirupur. He said the research team would hand over the coins to the archaeology department soon. He added that four copper coins were issued by the Salvs Republic from 383AD to 408AD. Each copper coin weighs 0.92g. Another copper coin was issued by King Theodosius II between 402AD and 457AD. It's weighing 1.020 gram. Ravikumar said that Palakkad pass was an important stop on ancient trade routes. "We have found artefacts left by Roman traders who arrived at the ancient port of Muziris (now Pattanam) and entered the Palakkad pass. They travelled to the eastern part of TN," said Ravikumar. Vellalore had trading contacts with the Romans from the 2{+n}{+d} century BC to the 6{+t}{+h} century AD. The Tamil Nadu merchant guild knew not only Tamil but also Greek, Arabic, Roman, Hebrew, Aramaic and Chinese, said Ravikumar.
    Roman artefacts found in Vellalore - The Times of India
     
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    What lies beneath: ASI inspects Ahom palaces

    GUWAHATI: For the first time in the northeast, a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey is being undertaken at two archaeological sites of the state to detect the presence of any hidden structure/ floor/ tunnel underneath. The survey began on March 29. The Guwahati circle of the Archaeological Survey of India, in collaboration with IIT-Kanpur, began the GPR survey at Talatal Ghar and Kareng Ghar (Ahom royal palaces) located in Sivasagar district. The survey will continue till April 4 and the results will be processed in a few months. Myths associated with the two palaces claim the existence of secret structures, baffling archaeologists and experts for decades. Using state-of-the art machines, the survey involves physical sensory techniques and uses different electronic gadgets. The GPR survey is an important tool as it helps locate archaeological sites through imagery and mapping. "It's like an ECG process. The purpose is to be sure of what lies beneath the two structures," said Milan Kumar Chauley, superintending archaeologist, ASI, Guwahati circle. The GPR survey is a non- destructive tool or method used by experienced archaeologists across the world. The usual method of excavation spoils the landscape of a historical site and causes permanent damage. The Guwahati circle of the Archaeology Survey of India has extended an invitation to all archaeological departments in the northeast to be part of the survey. It should be noted that a GPR survey was used to address the vexed question of Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya.
    What lies beneath: ASI inspects Ahom palaces - The Times of India
     
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    Excavation to begin in search of Saraswati

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    "Hindu sites" LMAO. Wonder what are Indian sites? Stupid newspaper.
     
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    DHAKA: Archaeologists have discovered a millennium-old Hindu temple in northwestern Bangladesh believed to be established during the Pala dynasty, experts here said on Saturday. "We found the temple, excavating an area in Bochaganj area of Dinajpur," leader of the excavation campaign Professor Swadhin Sen of Jahangirnagar University said. He added the temple was believed to be built in between 8th and 9th century in this area which is now called Meherpur village of the Bochaganj sub-district. The surprise discovery came as farmers found some archaeological relics like old time bricks whir preparing a piece of land for cultivation, the Daily Star newspaper reported. Officials said the state-owned piece of land was leased out to local farmers for cultivation, who informed the university's archaeology team which was engaged in another excavation in a nearby area. Sen said they found some terracotta plaques from a trench while the solid objects on the walls surrounding the temple were overly burnt. Another member of the excavation team, Sohag Ali said they had detected idols and staircase of the temple and "we are working to dig those out". The discovery came months after the same team unearthed a Buddhist temple, built around the same time at nearby Basudevpur village, the central edifice of which was built on a platform of 45 metres. The Dhakeshwari Temple, the national temple of Bangladesh and one of the oldest in the country, was built in the 12th century by Ballal Sen during the Sen Dynasty which ruled the region after Pala kings and in popular notion the country's capital Dhaka was named after this temple.

    Millennium-old Hindu Temple Discovered in Bangladesh
     
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    Rare discovery pushes back Iron Age in India


    Iron Age may have come into existence in Telangana much before the rest of the world. At least that's the conclusion reached by archaeologists excavating the University of Hyderabad campus who found iron artefacts dating back to roughly 2,200 BC.

    The team of archaeologists, led by professor KP Rao, has found several artefacts, including small knives and blades besides earthen pots. "The implements that were found were tested at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) using a method called Optically Simulated Luminescence (OSL). The metal objects were dated to anywhere between 1800 BC and 2,400 BC. So we are assuming they were made during 2200 BC," Prof KP Rao told TOI.

    This, he said, predates the existing understanding about the advent of the Iron Age in the country. Worldwide, experts have put the dawn of the age around 1200 BC, marking the time when humans started exploiting metals to make basic tools.

    "In India, it was understood that the Iron Age came into being around 1,800 BC in the Lahuradeva site in Uttar Pradesh. But this latest development shows that the Iron Age started much before that, at least in our country," Rao said.

    "It only goes to show that our ancestors had a rudimentary yet good knowledge about wielding weapons made of metals. We had estimated that the only metal that was moulded was copper, but due to its scarce nature it was not a feasible option. The idea of using abundant iron ore for tools and weapons is a landmark achievement," he added.

    The idea of using iron has only come to lead to more and more developments. "It is because of their advancements did we reach the space-age," he said.

    Currently, archaeologists have excavated 25 burial sites in the UOH area and the samples have been subjected to DNA analysis.
     
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    New megalithic remains discovered in Karbi Anglong dist

    GUWAHATI, May 23 – In a significant development, a team of archaeologists from the State’s Directorate of Archaeology discovered several new megalithic remains in Karbi Anglong district in a recent exploration drive. Megaliths have high archaeological value in knowing the cultures of the tribes of the NE region. The team had explored the entire Hamren subdivision for the purpose. The Director of Archaeology, Dr Deepi Rekha Kouli told this correspondent that the Archaeology Directorate will make necessary correspondence with the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council for physical possession and for notifying the protection of the above megalithic sites. It needs mention here that the practice of erecting megaliths is so far found only in a few isolated pockets among the tribes of Northeast India. These monuments are found to be associated with the mortuary practices which are directly linked with the funeral rituals of the people. Moreover, some megaliths are also erected in memory of great events such as victory in wars, establishment of villages etc. Megalithic monuments such as standing stones and dolmens or single menhirs are witness to the long and complicated rituals associated with the passage rites of the dead. The team, which was headed by Director Dr Deepi Rekha Kouli and comprised the Directorate’s Technical Officer Nabajit Deori, Exploration Officer Chabina Hassan, Guide Lecturer Dilip Sarma, Photographer Apurba Gogoi and Foreman Arup Jyoti Deori, was assisted by the Gauhati University’s (GU) Department of Anthropology in its venture.


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