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New archaeological sites discovered in Arunachal’s Tarasso and Balijan areas

The archaeological excavation team unearthed a fortification (rampart), measuring 226-metres long, made of stone blocks, burnt bricks and stone boulders, having one gate.

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Itanagar: The Archaeology Section of the Directorate of Research, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, has carried out archaeological exploration cum excavation works at the jungles of Ramghat under Tarasso circle of Papum Pare district in Arunachal Pradesh and discovered the ancient settlement remains, covering in an area of 20 acres (approx), an official said on Thursday.

The archaeological excavation team unearthed a fortification (rampart), measuring 226-metres long, made of stone blocks, burnt bricks and stone boulders, having one gate.

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The gate is made of stone blocks – rectangular & hemispherical type shape, burnt bricks and stone slabs having 2.83 metre passage (interior). Some of the stone blocks were having symbols/designs like, combined bow & arrow, bow, arrow and trident. Different shape & sized stone blocks and about 31 burnt bricks, which seemed to have been used in the fortification, were discovered so far.

The Shivalinga (broken), sealing ball and potsherds were also discovered from the site, and the field investigation reveals the ancient human habitation made of the stone piles (pillars).

The stone piles, which were discovered during the archaeological exploration and scientific debris clearance, were also partly conserved, the official said.

Archaeological exploration in and around Vyas Kund, Ramghat was also conducted wherein remains of stone staircase were discovered.
The Research team also conducted archaeological exploration-cum-excavation at Upper Balijan area under Balijan circle and unearthed the brick structures remains which seemed to be ancient settlement remains.

The footpath made of bricks connects the structures and runs east to west direction and then towards the north. Prehistoric tools (flake – Palaeolithic scraper) and potsherds were discovered from the site, he said.

Archaeologist Pura Koji of the Research Department, under whose supervision the entire exploration and excavation works were carried out, said that further intensive fieldwork and investigation was needed to unearth more ancient remains at the jungles of Ramghat and Vyas Kund areas.

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