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Nani Khatia Site (Kutch, Gujarat)


This is progress report on Nani Khatia Site (Kutch, Gujarat)

@Ajathashatru was the first to post about it here on 7th Feb 19 [1], [2]. Following report gives last one month's progress:[3]

The area of excavation war earlier said to be spread over 5 sq kms. Now the report says graves are in an area of 300*300 meters. Number of graves is up from 100+ to 250, of which 24 excavated. A 6 feet tall skeleton is also found which is taken to Kerala for study.

Report says that all earlier burial-graves in Gujarat were either circular or semi-circular. However, here they are square or rectangular. Grave goods have also been discovered in graves.

Estimated date for the site by archaeologists is 5200-4600 YBP or 3200+2600 BCE which is Early Harappan, i.e. before the Mature Harappan period.

[1] Archaeology Updates (India) (Post-100)

[2] Another pre-Harappan site ruins found in Kutch - Times of India

[3] 5,000-year-old human skeleton found in Kutch - Times of India
 
May 2013
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The abode of the lord of the north
Nani Khatia Site (Kutch, Gujarat)


This is progress report on Nani Khatia Site (Kutch, Gujarat)

@Ajathashatru was the first to post about it here on 7th Feb 19 [1], [2]. Following report gives last one month's progress:[3]

The area of excavation war earlier said to be spread over 5 sq kms. Now the report says graves are in an area of 300*300 meters. Number of graves is up from 100+ to 250, of which 24 excavated. A 6 feet tall skeleton is also found which is taken to Kerala for study.

Report says that all earlier burial-graves in Gujarat were either circular or semi-circular. However, here they are square or rectangular. Grave goods have also been discovered in graves.

Estimated date for the site by archaeologists is 5200-4600 YBP or 3200+2600 BCE which is Early Harappan, i.e. before the Mature Harappan period.

[1] Archaeology Updates (India) (Post-100)

[2] Another pre-Harappan site ruins found in Kutch - Times of India

[3] 5,000-year-old human skeleton found in Kutch - Times of India
Experts discover Harappan trove - Times of India

Here is the news report regarding the same.
 
Oct 2015
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Medieval Town discovered near Nagwa village, Singrauli District, Madhya Pradesh.

A new town has been discovered near Nagwa village, about 30 kms away from Singrauli town. It is dated to Early Kalachuri Dynasty, 6th century CE. Singrauli district is on border of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, well-known for its coalmines, and once upon a time supplied 25% of thermal power in India.

‘Foreigner’ with skull cap unearthed in 6th-century Vishnu temple in MP - Times of India (Full report)

Interesting finds include

(i) God Vishnu ji's idol in which he has a drum tied to his waist (the fourth pic in linked article). This is a rare depiction.

(ii) Engraving of a foreigner with skull-cap, foreign attire, and beard. Seems to be a devotee. My guess is that he could be traveller from Central Asia or China as because in 5th to 7th century Chinese travelers came to India.

Dr. Ms. Madhulika Samanta is the archaeologist

Early Kalachuri dynasty was powerful but short-lived (6th-7th century CE) with three known kings. With this find, the area ruled by Early Kalachuris extends up north till Singrauli. It had also built monuments in Ellora and Elephanta complexes. [1]. It ruled from Mahishmati city. [2]

References:

[1] Kalachuri dynasty - Wikipedia

[2] Remember in blockbuster films Bahubali-1 & Bahubali-2? Film narrated the the story of Mahismati kingdom, which was ruled by city of same name located on a lovely river (unnamed in film but historically Narmada River). The plot/story in the films, of course, is completely imaginary.
 
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