50 historical sites found in Prayagraj
Nearly 50 historical sites have been discovered in Prayagraj by a group from the department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology in the Ishwar Saran PG College.
The team performed an archaeological village-to-village study on foot in the area of the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna rivers of Prayagraj, from Jhunsi to Shringverpur and from Daraganj to Kali Paltan in Kaushambhi district on both sides of the Ganga river.
The survey went for 70 km on the ground surface and 3 to 5 km (in width) on both sides of the river.
It was brought out under the instructions of principal of the college and head of the department and project director, Professor Anand Shankar Singh and the project deputy director and Assistant Teacher Jamil Ahmad, together with his group.
This was, possibly, the very first time that a historical survey was taken up in this area on such a large scale.
Professor Singh stated: “The survey was carried out in more than 80 villages on both the shores of the river Ganga which fall under the Phoolpur, Sadar and Soraon tehsils of Prayagraj district and the Chail tehsil of Kaushambhi district.
Almost 50 sites of archaeological value have been marked and recorded, from where, a large number of historical remains from Chalcolithic duration (around 3,000 to 2,000 BC when copper was the dominant metal) to the Mughal duration and later on, have been found.”
These remains consist of various kinds of potteries, terracotta and semi-precious stones, microlith (1cm to 8cm long stone tools), beads and tools of stone and iron and products made from bone and ivory are essential.
A detailed report of the study has actually recently been sent out to Indian Archaeological Study, New Delhi for publication in their yearly journal, ‘Indian Archaeology – an Evaluation ‘.
The college is working on sending out a proposition for more excavation of chosen historical sites near Kaurihar to Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), New Delhi.
These antiquities obtained from the Gangetic location have actually been kept for research study by the researchers in the newly developed Archaeological Centre of the College.
The large majority of cultural products excavated from this region clearly suggests the constant and abundant habitats of this area from the distant past.
The schedule of antiquarian and artistic antiquities originates from practically all the antiquarian websites and supplies valuable and useful details about the artistic tastes and daily use of life and cultural stock of individuals here.
It is notable that the ASI, New Delhi, has accredited Ishwar Saran P.G. College for historical survey in this area.
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