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Excavations


Banwali, District Fatehabad

Archaeological excavatioin at this proto-historic site from the year 1974 to 1977 brought to light a pre-Indus and Indus township and other material including beads and bangles of semi-precious stones, copper ornaments and tools, steatite seals, terracotta sealing, toys and ornaments blades and weights of Chart and agate etc. along with a large variety of pottery of 3rd millennium B. C. The discovery of un-usual Indus town planning, first mother goddess terracotta figurine in independent India and a beautiful terracotta replica of a plough brought this site on the map of National Improtance. The Archaeological survey of India has taken over this site under the protection.

Agroha, District Hisar

Agroha, so-called capital of the legendary king Maharaja Agrasen of Agrawal Community, was excavated from 1979 to1984. This historical site yielded a continous cultural equence form C 5-4th Century B. C. To C.15th Century A. D.The discovery of the historical fertified town with a meat arong established a rich cultural legacy.The remains of a Buddist Stupa and a Hindu Temple side by side in the Center of the Town and oceans of both the religions are sufficient to throw light on the religious harmony and beliefs of the people of bygene age of this site. The important antiquities recovered from these excavations include silver and copper coins.Stone sculptures terracotta play things and sealings. Beads and bangles of glass. Shell and semi precious tones etc.

Kunal, District Fatehabad

The credit of discovery of the site goes to the Archeologists of this department in the year 1981. The Archeological excavations at this pre-Harappan site of 5000 years old was started in the year 1986 and is continue till date with a few field-season's gap of the year 1992-93, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. Three successive phases of occupation from pit dwelling to that of square and rectangular mud brick houses have come to light and are supposed to be the earliest remains of pre-Harappan culture in India.A hoard of regalia item including six gold beads of a necklace, an armlet and a few bangle pieces and 12445 beads of semi-precious stones is first of its kind.It makes the whole gamut of luxury items as 'richest' when seen in the context of rural nature of settlement of 3000 BC one of the important contributions of this site is the discovery of steatite and shell seals, which are the earliest example of seal manufacturing in India so for.The results of these excavations were extremely significant which led to the formation of Harappan culture. At the same time,the first time discovery of steatite seals and regalia items from the pre- Harappan level added a new dimension to the Indian history and archaeology of this region particularly.

Sugh, District Yamunanagar

The ancient site of Sugh (Amadalpur) near Jagadhari enjoyed a considerable importance during early historical times when it was known a Shrughna. This city ranks high in importance in early literature like Mahabharata, Taibareya Aranyaka and Buddhist text like Mahamayuri and Divyavadana. It also finds mention in the travel account of the Chinese Pilgrim Hiuen Tsang of early 7th Centure A.D.Preliminary excavations in 1989-99 and a few trail excavation in the previous seasons have yielded a four fold cultural sequence of habitation from C. 8th Century B.C. to C. 11th Century A.D. This site is well known among the archaeologists and art lovers for the fascinating and beautiful terracotta art of C. 1st Century B.C. to C 3rd Century A.D. extensive excavations at this site will throw ample light on the history and culture of this area of the State.

Khokhrakot, District Rohtak

Khokhrakot,the capital city of Yaudheyas,a Republic of historical period is presently converted into a huge mound near Rohtak. This centrally protected site was excavated by this department in collaboration with the department of History of M.D. University, Rohtak for continous three field seasons from 1988 to 1990. The excavations at this site have yielded terracotta seals and sealings, coins moulds, silver and copper coins, copper and iron implements, stone sculptures etc. alongwith backed brick houses and pottery of B.C. to 11th Century A.D.This project could not be resumed due to untimely demise of the excavation Director from the University side.

Field Training

Field training of archaeological excavations was also imported to the M.A. (Archaeology) students of the following universities at the site shown against their names:- 1. Agroha - Punjab University, Chandigarh 2. Kunal - Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra 3. Sugh - Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak.