Thanks to the efforts of a vigilant retired professor, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has managed to salvage a part of India’s numismatic history dating back to the 8 Century A.D. from the seemingly all-consuming sweep of urbanization.
Last month, the ASI excavated remains of a rectangular structure considered to be a mint of 8 Century vintage after a brief exploratory survey yielded 31 pieces of terracotta coin moulds for casting coins of King Mihira Bhoja, the ruler of the Pratihara dynasty between 836 and 885 A.D.
The exploratory survey was carried out after a retired professor of Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Manmohan Kumar, informed ASI about ancient mounds at Bohar Majra village in the district running the risk of being levelled as part of the building of new colonies in the area by the Haryana Urban Development Authority. Read more.
HUBLI: Why wait for someone else to salvage your heritage? That was the idea about 40 college students set out with last week while trying to clean up the mess caused by years of neglect and abuse at historical monuments in Devagiri village in Haveri district.
Devagiri’s history is primarily tied to the ancient Kadamba dynasty, among others. It boasts of several inscriptions, temples and other monuments on Karnataka’s royal lineage. It has four ancient temples, monuments with more than 20 inscriptions, three copper plate and Jain Tirthankara inscriptions. But they have been neglected over the years. Read more.
Concrete floors and walls that likely belong to a temple of the ancient Gupta Period – known as the Golden Age of India – have been discovered in north Bihar’s Vaishali district.
State archaeology officials confirmed that ongoing excavations at Chechar village had unearthed the relics, apparently dating back to the 5th Century AD. The Gupta age lasted roughly from the 4th to the 6th Century AD.
"At no other site have the remains of the Gupta age settlements been discovered hardly six feet below the ground," said archaeologist Arun Kumar.
"A whole concrete floor has been discovered and there is evidence of piling below it. The wall over it must have been above the ground, which no longer exists. It must have been part of a huge temple." Read more.
The huge stone vessel, weighing nearly 400 kilograms (880 pounds), is currently displayed at the National Museum of Afghanistan and is regarded as important in the Buddhist religion.
The experts will examine the piece after demands in the national parliament last year for the return of the bowl which the state-run Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) believes belongs to India.
"We will be sending two experts to Kabul to examine the bowl. We are very much in favour of bringing it back to India," ASI additional director general B. R. Mani told AFP late Monday.
"They will examine if the raw material has been sourced locally from one of the Afghan cities. If not, it will strengthen our claim that it belongs to us," Mani said. Read more.
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.