Another piece of Harrapan jigsaw- Archaeologists unearths 5,000-year-old skeleton in Kutch

NewsBharati    12-Mar-2019

Rajkot, Mar 12: After the 2 months of meticulous work, Archaeologists in Gujarat have discovered the enormous burial site around 360 Km from Dholavira in the Kutch. Dholavira is one of the most important sites of Harrapan culture in India.

According to reports, the burial site has over 250 graves and 26 graves have already been unearthed. The site with 300m × 300m size, with human skeleton approximately 5,000 years old.

As per the estimates of Archaeologists and exports, the burial site to be 4600-5200 years old with a rectangular shape.

Suresh Bhandari, the Head of Dept. of Archaeology said, “All the burial sites found in Gujarat till date are either circular or semi-circular. We are trying to establish the significance of this rectangular shape”. He added, The skeleton has been taken to Kerala University for determining its age, possible reason for death and knowing its gender.

"Studies of the potteries, as well as rock blocks, will enhance our knowledge about the different techniques employed and the raw material used to make them," said Bhandari.

Kutch University and Kerala University performed the excavation in a joint effort near Khatia village of Lakhpat taluka.

Faculty members of both the universities said the rectangular burial site had sound wall rocks in the east-west direction and the biggest grave is around 6.6 meters wide.

Apart from human skeletons, animal remains, shell-like bangles, grinding stones, and blades were also discovered from the site.

The artifacts will now be studied by experts to find out the rituals and social deeds that existed in the Harappan culture.