Opportunity to see traces of past civilisation

By Rashmi Priya - Posted on November 20, 2006

NAGPURIANS, here is a great opportunity for you to see the surviving traces of our past civilisation, particularly the ancient cultural heritage of Vidarbha. Just visit the Vasantrao Naik Institute of Arts, Social and Sciences (Morris College) Hall near RBI square.

Thanks to the Excavation Branch -I of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), rare antiquities including beads, ornaments, tools, pottery, and photographs of the excavated archaeological sites including Mahurjhari and Takalghat Khapa and Adam have become accessible to common people through the exhibition organised as a part of World Heritage Week Celebrations. Cultural sequence displayed is from prehistoric times to historical period. The attempt by the ASI’s Excavation branch is to highlight its achievements through excavations and explorations throughout the length and breadth of the country. The eye-catching galleries represent the results of the excavations undertaken at the Harappan mound at Bhirrana, district Fatehabad, Haryana, and photo exhibits of other important excavations carried out in the past in Pauni, Mansar, Adam, Tuljapur Garhi in Vidarbha followed by Sannati, Karnataka, Peddaveggi, Andhra Pradesh, and Chichali in Madhya Pradesh. The exhibition is made interesting even for lay persons. The archaeologists are at hand to explain to them the significance of the hidden treasures unearthed by them and their importance to Indian culture. The Megalithic sites of Mahurjhari and Takalghat Khapa explored and excavated by them dates back to 8th century BC, The site in Adam, district Nagpur, which was excavated by the ASI archeologists from 1988-92, forms the cultural sequence from Chalcolithic period till the Satvahana period (dating back to 2nd century BC). Deputy Superintending Archaeologist Nandini Sahu explains to the visitors the significance of the antiquities found from all pre-historic sites of Vidarbha. She also explains that Vidarbha region was occupied continuously since pre-historic period till modern times mainly because of availability of raw material, water, and good climatic condition. Similarly the recent findings of Harappan civilisation from Bhirrana are most important to understand the antecedents of the matured Harappan people, she says. The exhibition, inaugurated on Saturday at the hands of N B Majumdar, Conservator of Forests (Evaluation) is open for public daily between 11 am and 5 pm till November 21. Superintendenting Archaeologist L S Rao also spoke about the exhibition and the antiquities, paintings and photographs on display and their importance. B P Bopardikar, Retired Superintending Archaeologist, ASI, Uday Anand Shastri, Prabash Sahu, Sameer Diwan (all archaeologists), S P Gulrande, S M Kherkar, H J Barapatre, D K Kasbi, Dr K Ismail, Reader, Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, RTM Nagpur University were present on the occasion.