LUCKNOW: The Unnao gold hunt has led to illegal digging at forts and temples rumored to have hidden treasures in Uttar Pradesh.
Shobhan Sarkar, the seer who had ‘dreamt’ about 1,000 tonne gold buried under Unnao’s Daundia Khera fort, had said the precious metal was hidden in Fatehpur’s Adampur area as well.
As the news spread, some people dug up the platform of an ancient Shiva temple near the Ganga’s main ghat in Fatehpur.
Reports said about two dozen places in ruins have been dug up. It was also rumoured that the diggers had fled with some gold. Read more.
As a boy, Ram Sagar listened to legends about untold riches that were said to lie beneath the very ground he was now clearing with a shovel. The stories said there was an enormous hoard of gold, the lost treasures of a king who had risen up against British rulers and been hanged for his dissent.
They were just stories, of course, shimmering, fantastical tales passed down from one generation to the next. No one actually knew.
But today, Indian government archaeologists are to begin excavating the site and start searching after a religious leader told them he was certain 1,000 tonnes of gold was buried here. A minister subsequently ordered a geological survey – which suggested there may be metal under the ground. Read more.
The caste system in South Asia — which rigidly separates people into high, middle and lower classes — may have been firmly entrenched by about 2,000 years ago, a new genetic analysis suggests.
Researchers found that people from different genetic populations in India began mixing about 4,200 years ago, but the mingling stopped around 1,900 years ago, according to the analysis published today (Aug. 8) in the American Journal of Human Genetics.
Combining this new genetic information with ancient texts, the results suggest that class distinctions emerged 3,000 to 3,500 years ago, and caste divisions became strict roughly two millennia ago. Read more.
The earliest dispersal of modern humans out of Africa took a more northerly route, bypassing India, suggest study authors.
A recent study of microblade stone tool finds in India implies that modern humans entered the subcontinent of India from Africa later than some scholars have theorized, suggesting that more ancient modern humans journeyed north of India to get to East and Southeast Asia. The conclusions are central in the ongoing debate about how, where and when early modern humans left their African homeland and began inhabiting West and East Asia during the Late Pleistocene (126,000 - 11,700 years ago).
The study, led by Shiela Mishra of Deccan College, India, examined microblade assemblages excavated from the site of Mehtakheri in the Madhya Pradesh province of central India in 2007 and 2009, using optical dating techniques. Read more.
NEW DELHI: Repeated paving of roads around the historic Taj Mahal has pushed their level nearly three-quarter of a metre above the monument’s forecourt because of which rain water frequently floods the complex posing danger to the Mughal-era structure, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) complained to the Supreme Court on Monday.
ASI counsel A D N Rao said, “Stagnation of water in the forecourt will not only obstruct easy flow of visitors but also affect the foundation of structures like dalans, the main entrance gate located around the eastern forecourt.”
The ASI also said if re-carpeting of roads every year was not checked, the road level would get higher than the monument located on the riverfront and become an eyesore. Read more.
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has instituted a probe into the alleged slaughter of animals within the precincts of the protected Buddhist site of Udaygiri during the recent Rajo festival.
ASI sources today said that the probe had been ordered on the basis of claims by locals that about a dozen goats were slaughtered during Rajo at the Mahakal Hindu shrine located within the protected complex.
“The irony is that the sacrifice took place at the famous Buddhist site. Lord Buddha was an apostle of non-violence and stood strongly against animal killing. Read more.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to spare the 1000-year-old Siva temple at Manampadi village near Kumbakonam while taking up road expansion under the Thanjavur-Vikkiravandi four-lane project.
The decision will save the temple that was declared by State Archaeology Department as a protected monument 30 years ago.
“We have decided to spare the temple. You can be assured that it will be protected,” NHAI sources said here on Friday. An official announcement is expected in a week. Read more.
NEW DELHI: The Archaeological Survey of India has included a section on disaster management in the new national conservation policy for protected monuments.
Besides stating that the “disaster management plan should be made an important pre-requisite of the conservation plan for a monument”, the proposed norms also say access and evacuation routes and spaces should be clearly demarcated and indicated through appropriate signage for visitors to improve response mechanism.
The section on disaster management outlines the significance of having such a plan in place. “Monuments and archaeological sites are increasingly being subject to a variety of hazards (natural and human-induced), exposing their vulnerability to threats and risks. Read more.