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Dec 28 2014
4,000-yr-old Harappan house discovered in UP
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), in excavations carried out at Chandyan village in Baghpat district of UP, have found remnants of a house that corresponds to the late Harappan period. The discovery is important since, according to archaeologists, this is the first time that evidence of habitation pertaining to that period has been found in the Upper Doab region between Ganga and Yamuna.
The late Harappan phase pertains to the period starting around 1900-1800 BC when the Indus Valley Civilization, popularly known as the Harappan Culture, began to decline. In August, 2014, a human skull with a copper crown corresponding to the late Harappan period, was discovered at a brick kiln site in the village. The ASI started excavating the area on November 27, 2014 and found a number of items that pertained to the 4,000-year-old era.
“Till date, we have excavated around 20 burial pots, a pelvic bone of the same man whose skull we had found and a few beads like carnelian, faience and agate. However, the most interesting development is the evidence of habitation. We excavated a mud wall with post holes where wooden pillars were probably fixed to support thatched roofs,“ said AK Pandey, superintending archaeologist.