Archaeology Updates (India)

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Oct 2015
one ring stone from mauryan period was discovered in thailand. i dont know why such stuff has not been been actively researched and discussed in India, thats a pretty big deal if ashokan artifacts end up in far away land as thailand esp the ring stone.

such artifacts need to be taken seriously.

[Lecture] A Mauryan–Śunga Period Ringstone: 3rd-1st Century BCE, found in Peninsular Thailand | SEAArch - Southeast Asian Archaeology

Remarkable discovery. So far the most ancient proof of interaction were the temples in Vietnam which were date to around beginning of Christian Era.
actually if one researches in depth a lot of things/stuff might be revealed for instance this ban chiang artifact, the motifs appearing on this cup is very typical of indian subcontinent, especially the tringular motif on the top, the twisted cable motif at the bottom, not to mention the idea of goblet itself which originates as far back as the indus civilization, this might really show trade relations/connections originating from a period much far back.

1000-300 BC thailand


1300 BC vedic period Navdatoli, Malwa

Oct 2015
European architecture in India:

The following news item on a ruined church in Goa triggered some thoughts:

Chimbel’s ruins with church facade on archaeology radar - Times of India

There are lots of monuments built by Europeans in India, particularly churches. I can remember seeing churches from inside in Ajmer (Rajasthan), Mangalore (Karnataka), Pondicherry, Bangalore (Karnataka), and Chennai (Tamil Nadu). Many of them are aesthetically very beautiful and almost all are still in use.

However, there are no exclusive books on the study of European monuments in India, to my knowledge,
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Oct 2015
A detailed but dated article on theft of idols in India. Indians themselves are the end of initiation. Just like stray Africans were the ones who caught other Africans and sold them into slavery.

The Idol Thief

Like it or not, a new word is getting added to dictionary of Indian English for such people who are Indian but collaborate against Indian interests: "Sepoys".
There are some animal figurines discovered from Indus valley civilization which are in the shape of a container, they have been declared ‘’drinking vessels’’ but they are very small to be a drinking vessels like rhyton, Some early modern animal figurine vessels from India have been declared ink pot which sounds about right.

One cannot even drink properly because of the horns

Indus Valley Slip-Painted Terracotta Sculpture of a Bull - Barakat Gallery Store


Rhyton (drinking vessel), zebu shaped. Painted terracotta. Pakistan, Nindowari site, 2300-2000 BCE, Kulli culture, the time of the Indus civilization. Guimet Museum, Paris.

Maratha era ink pot

can be kohl/kajal pot but kohl is dry not liquid

This evidence shows that Indus valley civilization people were literate people.
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rajanate throne vs indus valley throne

Lady of the spiked throne, Indus valley civilization 2700 BC

The throne is in the shape of a chair flanked by two standing humped bulls with a stool below


Throne of Raja of Varanasi flanked by two lions with a stool below


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