ASI finds 2,300-year-old artefacts in Odisha

ASI finds 2,300-year-old artefacts in Odisha


Archeological Survey of India finds 2,300-year-old artefacts in Odisha

Important Facts:

  • Artefacts believed to be 2,300-year-old at the Asurgarh Fort in Odisha’s Kalahandi district.
  • It reveals a number of brick structures. Wedge shaped bricks are also noticed in the circular structures.
  • Most of the structures have terracotta tiles with grooves and hole for socketing.
  • It is assumed that Asurgarh people during that time probably used stone rubbles and tile fragments for flooring their houses and the streets.
  • Silver punch marked coins, silver and copper toe ring and earrings, beads of carnelian, jasper, beryl, garnet, agate and coral has also been found.
  • Other discovered artefacts include, glass bangle pieces of different designs and colours, sling balls, pestle, iron equipment like small wheel, ring, and arrow head.
  • Silver punch mark coins indicates about long distant trade and association of hinterland people with seafaring people.

About Asurgarh Fort

  • Fort is surrounded by moat on its northern, eastern and southern sides.
  • Sandul river flows to the north.
  • The fort had four wide gates in four cardinal directions and at each gate was installed one guardian deity.
  • Deities are named as Ganga at the eastern gate, Kalapat at the western, Vaishnavi at the northern and Dokri at the southern gate,
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