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The effort of a Mumbai professor has saved a piece of land that is likely to hold inscriptions of historical importance. The Ratnagiri division of archaeological department of government of Maharashtra has issued a letter to the collector of Ratnagiri District asking him not go ahead with any widening work of the state highway that could take over a parcel of 12 feet by 17 feet of land that has an inscription that indicates a map of ancient times.

The map is situated on a road perpendicular to the Mumbai-Goa highway which leads towards Ganpatipule.

“It probably is a map of the prehistoric Neolithic period (7,000-4,000BC) or Chalcolithic period (1800-1000 BC). This site indicates that it was used by merchants coming from the sea towards the interiors. The map was put there probably to give them instructions on how to go about,” said Anita Rane-Kothare, head of department of Ancient Indian Culture, St Xavier’s College. Read more.