ASI studies 'Mahabharata-era' Sanauli relics at Red Fort, tests to unravel more secrets


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Sep 15, 2014
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A slew of landmark findings - including three coffins and skeletal remains, chariots, swords, etc - found at the Archaeological Survey of India's (ASI) Sanauli, Baghpat (UP) excavation site in June, and linked to Mahabharata, have been brought to Lal Qila in the city.

Here, at the institute, experts are closely examining the relics that purportedly belong to a 'royal warrior class' four millennia back, from the Pre-Iron or Bronze Age in 2000-1800 BC.

While archaeologists are still not definitively linking it to any particular race or civilization, Sanauli's proximity to Hastinapur-- the capital of Kauravas-- and Mahabharata's estimated dating to about 2nd millennium BC, has got many guessing!"

Swords with hilts from this period have also been found for the first time, besides four-legged charpoy-like coffins with copper-leaf designs on them. Eight burial pits have been discovered at the site, including a dog and twin-human burial. Pottery with funeral items or food for afterlife, combs and mirrors, gold beads, etc. were found carefully preserved next to them.

"Even the burial pits at Harappan-sites like Rakhigarhi, Lothal and Kalibangan never yielded such elaborate entombments. Sanauli is sure to tell us more about habitations on the Ganga-Yamuna doab, which is not studied so well, and bridge the knowledge gap on the time period between Harappan civilisation and Lord Buddha's birth," Sanjay asserted."

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