ASI Unearths Artifacts that Dates Back To 2000 BC In Baghpat, UP

The Archaeological Survey of India  (ASI) has unearthed underground “ burial chambers” , decorated two “legged coffins” ,rice and pulse remains with animals buried with the bodies, ASI Institute of Archaeology director S.K. Manjul revealed on Tuesday.According to SK Manjul, the artifacts could be traces back to 2,000 BCE and could be of a warrior class of the area.The artifacts were unearthed during the ongoing excavation in Sanauli,Baghpat district of U.P. which was started in 2018.Sanauli is located on the left bank of the River Yamuna, 68 km north-east of Delhi.The excavation is carried out to find the relation with earlier findings of 2018. The  artifacts excavated are believed to be unique and different from Harappan sites discovered earlier. “As an excavator, I think this is different from Harappan culture. It is contemporary to the last phase of the mature Harappan culture,” said Dr. Manjul.

An official statement released from ASI revealed that two burial pits and a sacred chamber of burnt brick were discovered in the first area. The excavation of pit found wooden 'legged coffin' with steatite inlays having extended skeleton of a female with traces of bone points,gold bead, and pottery systematically arranged towards north and eastern sides of the coffin .Two big pots were also found placed under the coffin which are believed  to be used for storage of food and other remains associated with burial rituals.The remains of rice and urad dal in pots, cattle bones, wild pig and mongoose buried along with bodies which indicates towards burial rituals present during that period.

Three chariots,shields, swords , an armlet decorated with semiprecious stones, pottery and an antenna sword were also found placed near the head.
This discovery points towards the existence of a “warrior class being present around 2,000 BCE”. The “sacred chamber” of the site found remains of four furnaces with three working levels and burned bricks. The “overall ceramic assemblage has late Harappan characters”, the ASI statement said.
None of the artifacts had been discovered in the Indian sub-continent prior to this.

The study is expected to give archeologists a new lead in getting a better understanding of Vedic literature.

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