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PM Modi’s Hometown of Vadnagar Reveals 2,800-Year-Old Settlement

 

PM Modi's Hometown of Vadnagar Reveals 2,800-Year-Old Settlement - The Hard News Daily
PM Modi’s Hometown of Vadnagar Reveals 2,800-Year-Old Settlement – The Hard News Daily

Evidence of human settlements dates back to 800 BCE, according to researchers.

Recent archaeological digs in Prime Minister Modi’s hometown of Vadnagar have uncovered artifacts that attest to millennia of uninterrupted cultural continuity. This provides a more complex view of the region’s history and casts doubt on the widely accepted notion of a “Dark Age” when the Harappan civilization fell.

Under the direction of specialists from Deccan College, IIT Kharagpur, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the investigation has uncovered artifacts that date back to a human settlement in Gujarat known as Vadnagar that dates back to 800 BCE (before the Christian era).

In a statement released by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, the results of a comprehensive study on deep archaeological excavation in Vadnagar shed light on the intricate dynamics of the region.

The study suggests a correlation between the rise and fall of various kingdoms over a 3,000-year period and recurrent invasions by Central Asian warriors. The driving force behind these historical events, according to the study, appears to be significant changes in climate, such as fluctuations in rainfall or periods of drought.

The findings have just been published in a paper titled “Climate, human settlement, and migration in South Asia from early historic to medieval period: Evidence from new archaeological excavation at Vadnagar, Western India” in the prestigious Elsevier journal ‘Quaternary Science Reviews’.

While the excavation was led by ASI, the study was funded by the Directorate of Archaeology & Museums, Government of Gujarat, which is entrusted with building India’s first experiential digital museum (experiential means the process of learning through experience) at Vadnagar.

Incidentally, Vadnagar is also the native village of Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India.

Vadnagar has been a multi-cultural and multi-religious (Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, and Islamic) settlement.

“Excavation in its several deep trenches revealed the presence of seven cultural stages (periods), namely, Mauryan, Indo-Greek, Indo-Scythian or Shaka-Kshatrapas, Hindu-Solankis, Sultanate-Mughal (Islamic), and Gaekwad-British colonial rule, and the city is continuing even today. One of the oldest Buddhist monasteries has been discovered during our excavation.We found characteristic archaeological artefacts, potteries, copper, gold, silver, and iron objects, and intricately designed bangles. We also found coin moulds of Greek king Appollodatus during the Indo-Greek rule at Vadnagar,” said ASI archaeologist Abhijit Ambekar, co-author of the paper who led the excavation in 2016.

 

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