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National Institute of Oceanography, Goa Dholavira study

CSIR- National Institute of Oceanography, Goa made a breakthrough research in finding out that a tsunami could have destroyed Dholavira, a place in Gujarat. It was a site of an ancient metropolitan town of the Indus Valley Civilization or Harappan period dating back to 4500 years ago .

Dholavira was the largest port-town and the second largest Harappan site located within the borders of India. Dholavira, known locally as Kotada (which means large fort), sprawls over 100 hectares of semi-arid land at the north-west corner of the island of Khadir, one of the islands in the Great Rann of Kutch. The site was unearthed by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in 1967, but has been systematically excavated since 1990 by the Archaeological Survey of India. The site was discovered by J. P. Joshi, ex Director General of Archaeological Survey of India.

Dr SWA Naqvi, Director of CSIR, stated that Dholavira has a unique feature, a 14 to 18 meters thick wall, apparently built as a protective measure against floods. Many Artifacts, imported vessels, stone inscriptions in indus script have been unearthed, which are perhaps the most important discoveries of this period.

Congratulations to Goa’s National Institute of Oceanography for the breakthrough research.

Picture Credits: Wikimapia

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