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News Letter For 2007

National Seminar: The theme of National Seminar 2006 was ‘Architecture in India: Text and Context’. The theme encompassed a wide time frame from Pre-History to Colonial and presents various key issues. Scholars like Dr Bishnupriya Basak, Kanchan Mukhopadhyay, Prof. V.H. Sonawane, Prof. Peter Skilling, Prof. A.P. Jamkhedkar, Prof. K.S. Behera, DrVincent Lefevre, DrViraj Shah, DrSusmita Basu Majumdar, DrAdalbert Gail, Prof. D.R. Das, DrNarayani Gupta and others delivered lectures on various topics.


Excavation, Explorations and Conservation, Eastern India

Garh Jagadishpur:ASI Patna Circle conducted exploration at this site in Nalanda district. NBP and black slipped wares were recovered.


Chankigarh:ASI Patna Circle conducted excavation at this site in west Chamapran district, a ramp of burnt brick laid on a mud mortar was exposed.


Raja Batika Garh:The site is in Madhubani district. The eastern side of the fortification wall was cleared. This wall was constructed by mud bricks and filled in by ill fired bricks and mud bricks.


Kesariya Stupa:It is in Champaran district, balks were removed to reveal clearly the cells, niches etc. [Courtesy: P.K. Mishra, Superintendent Archaeologist, ASI, Patna Circle]


Panr:The site is at north-central Bihar excavated by K.P. Jaiswal Institute. Excavation revealed five periods. Antiquities recovered other than potteries were, Terracotta hopscotch, terracotta and semi precious stone beads, stone pestle, bone arrowheads, coins, spindle whorls, human and naga figurines, copper objects including a ring, antimony roads and arrowheads and a road. Iron artefacts include nails, hook, knives, daggers, sword tip, spearheads. Copper punch markcoins and sealings with Gupta-Bramhi scripts were also recovered.


Begusarai District:Explorations were carried out at Hasrai in Begusarai District. There are four Stupa mounds. On the three sides of the central mound the other three mounds are located.

[Courtesy: Bijoy Kumar Choudhary, Director, K.P. Jaiswal Research Institute, Patna]


Assam: Deoparvat:In the season 2005-06, the Directorate of Archaeology, Assam exposed the stone temple plinth located at Deoparvat, Golaghat district. The directorate also cleared stone plinths at Madan Kamdev. They also found remains in the reserved forest area in the northern side of the plinth No.12 [Courtesy: Dr H.N. Dutta, Director, Directorate of Archaeology, Assam].


Tripura: ASI, Guwahati Circle, conducted restoration work at ancient remains at Boxanagar, District West Tripura, Unakoti, District North Tripura, Shayam Sundar Tila Jolaibari, District South Tripura [Courtesy: Bimal Bandyopadhyay, Superintending Archaeologist, ASI, Guwahati Circle].


Nagaland: Chunglymti:The site was excavated by Department of History and Archaeology, Nagaland University. It throws light in the characteristic cultural remains of early farming community of this region beginning with Neolithic to metal using period. Tool types found includes axes of hard shale and slate, spilite adze, stone points, Pottery includes cord impressed, basket impressed wares and those bearing herring bone pattern. Other artefacts were beads of carnelian and spindlewhorls, fragments of iron hoes [Courtesy: Tia Toshi Jamir, Lecturer, Nagaland University].


Orissa: Khameswaripalli:Excavated by Department of History, Sambhalpur University. The present mound contains cultural remains of late Medieval or Modern period. Other than potteries antiquities include bone tools, shell objects, iron objects and faunal remains [Courtesy: P.K. Behra, Department of History, Sambhalpur University].


Sisupalgarh:Theexcavation conducted by Dr R.K. Mohanty of Deccan College, Pune and Dr Monica Smith of UCLA. The main excavation trench was on northern portion of the site and was an enlargement of the 2006 area. Antiquities from the site include terracotta ornaments (ear spools, finger rings, bangles) with a variety of geometric and animal motifs. Other than these there were fragments of iron and fragments of beads. Excavation revealed two basic phases of pottery: at the bottom of the sequence are burnished wares, but by the end of the site’s occupation the pottery is rapidly made includes many forms that appear to be of the ‘use and throw’ variety (for example string-cut cups with no signs of use-wear). This may indicate substantial economic changes as the city grew [Courtesy:  R.K Mohanty of Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune and M.L. Smith of University of California, Los Angeles, USA].


Jharkhand:ASI Ranchi Circle undertook exploration in Ruam, East Singbhum and found brick built structures. The base of the structure is in good state of preservation.

Clearance work was carried out at Benisagar, West Singbhum Dist. The exposed temple platform consists of two structural phrases. The platform is enclosed by a wide enclosure wall with pradakshina patha. There are three steps on the eastern side. Further a bathing ghat was exposed on the eastern side of the tank. A model of small temple in stone was also collected [Courtesy: T.J. Baidya, Superintending Archaeologist, ASI, Ranchi Circle].


West Bengal:Dantan:Dantan in west Medinipore district was excavated by Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta revealed a wall which was possibly the outer wall of the temple. Most notable find is a Budhha image in slate. The plan of triratha projection of the temple complex was recovered. This structure belongs to the late medieval period. Another trench revealed habitational deposit of the early medieval period with evidence of iron smelting activities [Courtesy: Asok Dutta, Department of Archaeology, University of Calcutta].


Dhosha and Tilpi, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal:The Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Government of West Bengal conducted excavation at Tentultala Molla Para and Kachharidanga, Masjidpara at Tilpi, South 24 Parganas. Excavations revealed evidence of mud walls, mud floors, post holes and a large number of terracotta roof tiles with or without perforation. Antiquities include terracotta plaques, game objects, bangle, wheel dagger and ball. Some cat copper coins and ceilings along with beads of semi precious stones, glass and copper were recovered. In metal, iron nail and some other fragments, nail-point and ear ring of copper were found[Courtesy: Amal Roy, Superintending Archaeologist, Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Government of West Bengal].

Explorations were carried out on Bhagirathi River Valley in Murshidabad District. Atotal of 30 sites were explored covering police stations of Sagardighi, Jiagunj, Barbona, Salar, Raghunathgunj and Nabagram. Pottery scatters, structural remains, temples and mosques were recorded. These probably belonged to early medieval-medieval period [Courtesy: Prakash Chandra Maity, Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, West Bengal].

Prehistory of South Asia
Seminar 2010

This was the 15th Annual Seminar of the Centre. The theme was ‘Prehistory of South Asia’. The main aim was to highlight explorations and excavations in different parts of South Asia. There was a need to highlight areas which have been the subject of substantial research for further development.
Bhatpara Takarnath Balika Vidyalaya

CASTEI will be organizing a series of outreach programs at different schools and colleges to create awareness for heritage and archaeology. The first of the awareness programme was held at Bhatpara Takarnath Balika Vidyalaya on 7/1/2013-8/1/2013.