Archaeologists in Gujarat have discovered a massive burial site around 360 kilometers from Dholavira in the Kutch district which they believe dates back to the Harappan Civilization.
According to a Times of India report, the burial site has over 250 graves and 26 of them have already been excavated. The site, which is 300m x 300m in size, also had a human skeleton, estimated to be around 5,000 years old.
Harappan civilization experts and archaeologist said the burial site is rectangular in shape and estimated to be 4600-5200 years old.
All the burial sites found in Gujarat till date are either circular or semi-circular. We are trying to establish the significance of this rectangular shape,” Suresh Bhandari, head of Department of Archeology, Kutch University, told the newspaper.
“The skeleton has been taken to Kerala University for determining its age, possible reason for death and knowing its gender,” Bhandari added.
Kutch University and Kerala University performed the excavation in a joint effort near Khatia village of Lakhpat taluka.
Faculty members of both the universities said the rectangular burial site had sound wall rocks in the east-west direction and the biggest grave is around 6.6 meters wide.
Apart from human skeletons, animal remains, shell-like bangles, grinding stones, and blades were also discovered from the site.
The artifacts will now be studied by experts to find out the rituals and social deeds that existed in the Harappan culture.
“Studies of the potteries, as well as rock blocks, will enhance our knowledge about the different techniques employed and the raw material used to make them,” said Bhandari.
Source: Times Now