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2000 Years Old Trade Centre Unearthed in Andhra Pradesh

  • 25 Oct 2019
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Recently, the possible presence of maritime trade centre near the banks of the Swarnamukhi river in Andhra Pradesh around 2,000 years ago has been put forward by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Key Findings

  • An excavation of the site has unearthed a huge settlement surrounded by a brick enclosure.
    • The size of bricks can be compared to those in the Satavahana/Ikshvaku period structures in the Krishna valley.
      • Thus, the site may date back to the 2nd century to 1st century BCE
  • The excavation of four-armed 2-meter tall sculpture of Vishnu belonging to the Pallava period (8th Century CE), a series of broken terracotta pipes pointing towards a form of drainage make it appears to be a trade centre.
  • Additionally, the southern coastal location and more such evidence of the trade, reinforces the possibility of the existence of a trade centre at the excavated site.


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