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Harappan Era Pottery found in UP
Aug 07, 2015

A team of Meerut-based archaeologists discovered pottery from the Harappan era in Baghpat district recemtly. Some of these artefacts date back to the 17th century BC.

  • The excavation was carried out under a project titled Archaeological Investigation of Yamuna-Hindon Doab sanctioned by the University Grants Commission.

  • The team explored Baghpat district over two days and covered a total of six villages in the district along both the Hindon and the Yamuna. 

  • The oldest and perhaps the most significant findings came from village Singholi Brahmin. The village, as it exists today, was settled around 300 years ago. There are, however, signs of an ancient civilization. 

  • A mound in the village is a remnant of the Harappan period. 

  • Among the artefacts found was a dish, with a stand attached to it. 

  • Archaeologists were able to ascertain that it dated to the 17th century BC, the late Harappan period. 

  • The dish-on-stand is a terracotta piece that archaeologists have found at other Harappan sites too.

  • These are conjectured to have been used during burial of bodies, probably placed under the hip. 

  • There are also archaeologists who hold that the dish-on-stand was either a utensil or an item used in religious ceremonies. 

  • In Sarfabad village, archaeologists found some Shunga-period pottery from a mound. The pottery was from the 1st Century AD. 

  • Villagers were building homes at Alamgirpur, a Harappan-era settlement dating back to 3300-1300 BC by flattening mounds that were protected sites. 

  • Some sites are very promising. At Gadi Kalanjari, near the Hindon, the mound was massive. It was spread over six acres and has virtually no habitation on it. Archaeologists found painted grayware from the Mahabharata era here. 


This are proofs that civilization existed on the banks of these rivers since the Harappan era. Western UP has always been culturally and historically significant. From the Harappan age and the Mahabharata, to colonial times, the region has significant history.

 


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