- Archaeologists have found chariots and tombs dating back to 2000 BC
- Items found in burial pits indicate sophisticated craftsmanship
- Discoveries during 3-month long excavation in a village in UP's Baghpat
For the first time they believe, chariots which are around 4000 years old have been found.
After a three-month long trial excavation, which started in March, the chariots and other items including three coffins, swords, daggers, combs and ornaments have been unearthed said the ASI officials.
"It is shocking to find such antique from ancient civilization in this area. Many royal tombs have also been found during the excavation. Whatever has been found so far seems to be 4,000 years old, which is approximately 2000-1800 BC," ASI official Dr Manjul said. The chariots found in the burial pits remind one of the familiar images of horse-drawn carriages from mythological television shows said the excavators.
Dr Manjul described the excavation drive a "path-breaking" one not only because of whole the chariot that was found but also for the copper plated anthropomorphic figures, having horns and peepal-leafed crowns, which indicate a possibility of "royal burials".
The discovery of swords, daggers, shields and a helmet confirms the existence of a warrior population, and the earthen and copper pots, semi-precious and steatite beads, combs, and a copper mirror from the burial pits point towards sophisticated craftsmanship and lifestyle.
Archeologists believe even though the Harappans are known to have migrated to the Yamuna region, the recent findings were "completely different" from the ancient civilisation.
(With inputs from ANI & PTI)
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