2,500-yr-old city found buried in central India
|In a significant archaeological discovery, remains of an ancient city, believed to be 2,500 years old, have been found at Tarighat [Credit: Deccan Chronicle]|
“The ruins indicate that the settlement dates back to third century BC. But, there may be possibility of retrieving settlements dating back as far as sixth century BC when we go further deep”, deputy director of Chhattisgarh archaeological department J.R. Bhagat said.
According to Atul Pradhan, archaeologist and member of the excavation team, four huge mounds of about 15 feet height from ground level have been found. A portion of one of the mounds located in the east was washed away by a river exposing around 15 layers of soils in different forms indicating existence of structures buried inside.
In the sixth layer, a patch of burnt clay circled aro-und one of the mounds. This indicates the ancient city might have been completely burnt and later revived. All four mounds are still intact. Impre-ssions of a courtyard and common road inside the city are clearly visible.
Author: Rabindra Nath Choudhury | Source: Deccan Chronicle [March 11, 2013]