Excavation at Harappan site reveals house plan

Excavation conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at the late-Harappan site of Chandayan in Uttar Pradesh has, for the first time, revealed the plan of a house on the Ganga-Yamuna doab, with its mud walls, four successive floor levels and post-holes.

Chandayan in Uttar Pradesh

Details:

  • The excavation in the residential area revealed a mud wall and post-holes in one trench and four closely laid and successive floors of a house in another trench and pots.
  • The posts positioned in the holes would have supported the roof of the house.
  • The habitation area is significant for the floor levels, and mud walls were occurring in the Ganga-Yamuna doab for the first time.
  • In the burial site, 150 meters from the residential area, excavations brought to light 21 pots, including deep bowls, dishes, flasks and lids with knobs and cylindrical agate beads.
  • The copper crown was embedded with carnelian and faience beads.
  • The orientation of the burial site was from northwest to southeast.
  • Twenty meters from the skeleton, remains of animal sacrifice, other refuse and pots similar to those found in the habitation area were found, suggesting some religious ceremony during the funeral.

Sources: The Hindu.

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