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