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Sakatpur excavation may reveal startling facts

Swati Sharma | Meerut |

The excavation in village Sakatpur of Saharanpur might reveal many startling facts related to the history of this area. A grinding stone set has been recovered by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in the excavation besides pottery and copper axes which are related to the human existence.

An ASI team has been put on the task for excavation from Friday at village Sakatpur of Rampur Maniharan in Saharanpur district. This excavation is being led by Bhuwan Vikram, Supervising archaeologist of Agra Circle of ASI. Three trenches of 2X2 meters have been made at the site where the excavation has started in which some pottery has also been recovered as well as a grinding stone set which has been sent to the lab for testing.

In fact, the area caught attention of the ASI when six copper axes were found by labourers of brick kiln while digging the mud. They immediately brought this to the notice of the owners of the kiln who approached ASI through different channels. "The discovery of copper axes sounded interesting and we decided to excavate the land in order to study the historical and archaeological significance of the region," said Vikram, who is himself supervising the excavation work.

Although the excavation is a very  slow process, there is a hope in the archaeologists  to encounter more of  pottery and habitat deposition deep in the  soil which might add to the history on the old civilization of this doab(Land between two rivers Ganga and Yamuna) area.

"Use of copper axes and potteries found here were quite prevalent in the region of Ganga valley," Vikram said, adding that it, however, could be interlinked only after encountering  with the habitat deposition beneath the layers of the soil after few more days of excavation".

Vikram  admitted that  old civilizations flourished in doab of Ganga and Yamuna. The existence of old civilizations in the area was also proved by excavations in some other parts of western UP, including Hastinapur of Meerut and Sinauli of Baghpat district. Earlier, the ASI had excavated at village Sinauli on Baraut-Chaprauli road where some graveyards, axes , and stone jewellery were discovered, giving clues of existence of ancient civilizations.

A similar excavation was done by B Lal, a well-known archaeologist of the country in 1951 in Hastinapur where pottery, stones , beads and a structure like of a grand house was discovered . In his report, Lal had concluded that  ancient civilization flourished in Hastinapur.