ASI digs out historical jewels which throws light on the era of ‘Mahabharata’

NewsBharati    05-Jun-2018

Lucknow, June 5: History is something which cannot be limited only on papers; it can be found anywhere, anytime. Likewise, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) excavated and found out such historical jewels which have glorified our eyes. ASI has found out “royal burials” with remains of chariots dating 2000BC-1800BC which means nearly of Mahabharata Age.

These remains can be 3800 to 4000 years old. From the point of determination of time, this period is North Vedic. Skeletons have been found during the excavation in the Rakhijhari, Kalibanga and Lothal, the main places of the Indus Valley Civilization, but the chariots have been found for the first time. This indicates that people of that time lived a sophisticated life but were from warrior class.

“The new findings will shed light on India’s place in the ancient world history. Previously, chariots were found to be a part of Mesopotamia, Georgia, Greek civilizations. But, the Sanauli recovery shows we were on par with them” says S K Manjul, director of Institute of Archaeology under the ASI, and co-director Arvin Manjul, who led a team in excavating the site.

The swords have copper-covered hilts and a medial ridge making it strong enough for warfare. We have also found shields, a torch, and daggers,” said Manjul, adding at least three burial pits have highly decorative coffin covers bearing floral designs and anthropological figures like horned and peepal leafed crown.

A skeleton is found also It has two more skeletons. However, the entire body structure was not found. ASI experts estimate that the death of these people must have happened somewhere else and they have been buried here. Different things were found at three places, which are believed to have been kept in symbolic form in somebody's memory. At some distance, a skeleton of a dog and a bird was also found. In the excavation, pottery, copper swords, torch and shield were also found.

S K Manjul also added that “This throws light on the lifestyle and cultures of the people who lived in the pre-Iron Age there are mirrors with copper, the elaborate burials, all this show the society was technologically advanced, aesthetic and had the sense of art and craft. They were warrior clans, and had a sophisticated lifestyle.”

According to historians, this period may be the treaty period of Indus Valley Civilization and North Vedic Period. According to Dr. Sanjay Manjul, associated with digging, it is difficult to say that the relation of this place has been from the Mahabharata period. It is of course that this excavation has given historians a new topic about the study of Mahabharata period. He said that all the archaeological evidence of excavation will be studied in every sense. Their carbon dating will also be done. All these evidence has been received by the ASI during the last three months of the excavation.