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Ancient weapons dug up in India

Posted by Stephen Knapp on April 14, 2008

By Amitabha Bhattasali
BBC News, Calcutta

    Archaeologists in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal have discovered small weapons made of stone which are around 15,000-20,000 years old. The artefacts – dating to the Stone Age – were found during excavations in Murshidabad district, near Bangladesh. Archaeologists say the find is potentially significant as it suggests man’s presence in the area dates back much earlier than previously believed.
    Finds such as this on the floodplains of the River Ganges are very rare. However, there is ample evidence of stone age activity in India’s upland

‘Raw materials’

    The weapons – which include small axes – were discovered at Ekani-Chandpara village near Sagardighi, which is an ancient site. Archaeologists say the weapons were found from a soil layer belonging to the mid-Pleistocene period – much below the Holocene layer where present human habitation takes place.
    “We have not only discovered the weapons at this site, but raw materials and the scraps were also found,” Dr Gautam Sengupta, director of the State Archaeology Department, told the BBC. “This proves that the weapons were made at this place itself.”
    Another reason why the find is so significant, archaeologists say, is because Stone Age weapons are not normally found at such an old soil layer
in the Gangetic alluvial plains. However it is well known that raw materials for making weapons are easily found in the plateau region and most Stone Age discoveries are from this area.


    So far, no human fossils or remains other than some charcoal have been found at the site. Scientists have yet to confirm how old the charcoal is.
“The history of civilisation in this region has suddenly gone back by around 20,000 years,” one archaeologist said. After the discovery, two eminent geo-archaeologists – Prof SN Rajguru and Dr Bhaskar Deotare – visited the excavation site and confirmed that the weapons date back to the smaller Stone Age. The discovery was made by chance, Dr Sengupta said.
    “We were digging the site for some archaeological evidence of the Sultanate period. We were expecting some ancient artefacts related to Sultan Hussein Shah,” he said – referring to a former ruler from the area.
    “We did find those, but our archaeologists kept on digging to unearth some more historical evidence of that period and now we have found these Stone Age weapons,” Dr Sengupta said. After winding up the excavation at Ekani Chandpara in a couple of weeks, archaeologists are planning to launch a search for ancient human habitation in a wider area.

Story from BBC NEWS: Stone age weapons are not usually found in such an old soil layer  This is one of a number of pots found at the site  The archaeologists were surprised by what they found



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South American Apple Seeds Discovered in Ancient India Sites

Posted by Stephen Knapp on April 12, 2008

Mar 16, 2008 11:26 pm (PDT)

Anil K. Pokharia
Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, 53, University Road,
Lucknow 226 007, India

        Investigation of botanical remains from an ancient site, Tokwa at the confluence of Belan and Adwa rivers, Mirzapur District, Uttar Pradesh (UP), has brought to light the agriculture- based subsistence economy during the Neolithic culture (3rd-2nd millennium BC). They subsisted on cereals, viz. Oryza sativa, Triticum aestivum and Hordeum vulgare, supplemented by leguminous seeds of Lens culinaris, Pisum arvense and Vigna radiata.
Evidence of oil-yielding crops has been documented by recovery of seeds of Linum usitatissimum and Brassica juncea. Fortuitously, an important find among the botanical remains is the seeds of South American custard apple, regarded to have been introduced by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The remains of custard apple as fruit coat and seeds have also been recorded from other sites in the Indian archaeological context, during the Kushana Period (AD 100-300) in Punjab and Early Iron Age (1300-700 BC) in UP. The factual remains of custard apple, along with other stray finds discussed in the text, favour a group of specialists, supporting with diverse arguments, the reasoning of Asian€ ¦’¶American contacts, before the discovery of America by Columbus in 1498. Further, a few weeds have turned up as an admixture in the crop remains.”

Full article at: http://www.ias. jan252008/ 248.pdf

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Ancient Camel Bones Found in Arizona

Posted by Stephen Knapp on April 10, 2008

Sat. March 15, 2008

        Workers digging at the future site of a Wal-Mart store in suburban Mesa have unearthed the bones of a prehistoric camel that’s estimated to be about 10,000 years old.
        Arizona State University geology museum curator Brad Archer hurried out to the site Friday when he got the news that the owner of a nursery was carefully excavating bones found at the bottom of a hole being dug for a new ornamental citrus tree.
        “There’s no question that this is a camel; these creatures walked the land here until about 8,000 years ago, when the same event that wiped out a great deal of mammal life took place,” Archer told The Arizona Republic.

        I thought most of he extinctions look place well before 8k

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Ancient City Discovered in India

Posted by Stephen Knapp on April 10, 2008

 BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, February 20, 2008: Indian archaeologists say they have found remains which point to the existence of a city which flourished 2,500 years ago in eastern India. Discovered at Sisupalgarh, near Bhubaneswar, capital of Orissa, the items found during point to a highly developed urban settlement. The population of the city could have been in the region of 20,000 to 25,000, the archaeologists claim.

The excavations include 18 stone pillars, pottery, terracotta ornaments and bangles, finger rings, ear spools and pendants made of clay.

R.K. Mohanty of the department of archaeology, Deccan College, Pune, who is one of the two researchers involved in the excavations, said “The significance of this ancient city becomes clear when one bears in mind the fact that the population of classical Athens was barely 10,000.” Mr. Mohanty, along with Monica Smith of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, has been carrying out limited excavations at the site every year since 2005.

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Tamil Brahmi Script Found in Egypt

Posted by Stephen Knapp on April 10, 2008

 QUSEIR-AL-QADIM, EGYPT, February 20, 2008: A broken storage jar with inscriptions in an ancient form of Tamil script, dated to the first century BCE., has been excavated in Egypt.

Dr. Roberta Tomber, a pottery specialist at the British Museum, London, identified the fragmentary vessel as a storage jar made in India. Iravatham Mahadevan, a specialist in Tamil epigraphy, has confirmed that the inscription on the jar is in Tamil written in the Tamil Brahmi script of about the first century.

Earlier excavations at this site about 30 years ago yielded two pottery inscriptions in Tamil Brahmi from the same era. Additionally, a pottery inscription was found in 1995 at Berenike, a Roman settlement of the Red Sea coast of Egypt. These discoveries proved material evidence to corroborate the literary accounts by classical Western authors and the Tamil Sangam poets about the flourishing trade between the India and Rome, via the Red Sea ports, in the early centuries CE.

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