(ORDO NEWS) — The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has made an important discovery by discovering the remains of a 5,000-year-old jewelry factory in the village of Rakhigarhi, Haryana, one of the oldest parts of the Indus Valley.
Rakhigarhi is a village in the Hisar district of Haryana and one of the earliest archaeological sites of the Indus Valley Civilization. ASI archaeologists have found evidence of the Harappan culture in all seven mounds of the archaeological site.
The finds discovered during the excavations, the discovery of several dwellings, a kitchen complex and a 5000-year-old jewelry factory, indicate that the area was once a major commercial center. Also found were copper and gold jewelry that had been stored for thousands of years.
Sanjay K Manjul, Deputy General Manager of ASI, said: “Similar excavations have been done before, and this is the third stage.”
He added that “well thought out planning, streets and walls, house complexes, drainage systems, fired brick structural supports and various pottery components can be observed here, with numerous drawings showing their improved firing technique.”
Sanjay K Manjul said our motive is to develop this place iconically. Archaeologists have found bronze and gold artifacts, as well as artifacts, beads, patterned seal texts, ceilings with Harappan texts and images of elephants. This testifies to their cultural diversity. The finds point to a well-planned Harappan city.
Rakhigarhi is a village located in Hisar, Haryana, about 150 kilometers from Delhi. Dr. Sanjay Manjul, additional CEO of ASI, said that the people of Rakhigarhi could be the ancestors of the people of Hastinapur.
Rakhigarhi is one of the oldest archaeological sites of the Indus Valley Civilization. Rakhigarhi was discovered by archaeologists in 1998. After three years of excavations, archaeologists discovered a cluster of seven burial mounds.
The third round of excavations began in 2021, when four more burial mounds were unearthed in an area of 350 hectares, making Rakhigarhi the largest surviving site in the Indus Valley. Mohenjodaro, whose area is 300 hectares, was previously considered the largest settlement of the Indus Valley in India.
In addition, mounds No. 6 and 7 at Rakhigarhi were among the 19 sites identified by ASI for inclusion in the list of “sites of national importance”.
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