Monday, March 03, 2008


So often we in the West are accused of neglecting news of archaeology in the Asian world. This just came in (March 3, 2008) and I think its quite interesting that megalith builders came to India as well as Western Europe:

An ancient human burial site, estimated to be 3,000 years old, was unearthed at Drugdhamna on Nagpur-Amravati road by the department of ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology, Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University.

The department head, Pradeep Meshram, said that recently the department received information about the existence of some old structures on Nagpur-Amravati road. Later, a team comprising Pradeep Meshram, Kelellu Ismail, Priyadarshi Khobragade and some postgraduate students explored the site near Mhada Colony in Drugdhamna and found a megalithic stone circle.

Describing the site, Meshram reported that huge boulders were arranged in a circular manner. It is assumed that ashes or bodies were buried in the middle of the circle, where a huge standing stone was erected, thus indicating the place as human burial site.

Meshram said stones measuring between 7.5 metre and 10 metres length were used in forming the outer circle and another big stone (80 cm in height) was erected in the middle. Megalithic culture existed in India in the 8th century BCE and its presence can be felt in and around Nagpur, he said, pointing out that a similar site was also discovered, some four years ago, at Daulameti village near Ordnance Factory at Ambajhari.


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