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DU researchers unearth 2700 years old human settlement

DU (Delhi University) Anthropological department researchers have unearthed remnants in Umra Village located in Sultanpur District in Uttar Pradesh (UP). Earthern pots, remnants of bones, terracotta, and other such items have been discovered by the researchers who have intimated the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) regarding the same.

The discovery was made during construction activities undertaken for Purvanchal Express. Researchers have written a letter ASI indicating the location of the discovery and asking them to secure the same. Carbon dating is currently underway at the site.

Professor Manoj Kumar Singh of the Anthropological Department said that excavation work is going on in Umra Village for the Lucknow-Balia highway project. Singh said that his student Kartik Mani Tripathi sent him an email containing photographs of the items discovered during excavation work. Following the email, he sent two researchers Sudeshana Biswas and Ravindra to Umra.

Bricks dating back to several centuries were found in Umra from which the villagers have also constructed their houses. Additionally, shards of earthenware can easily be seen here. At the excavation site, earthenware with numerous designs was recovered.

Researchers have estimated the items discovered to be around 2700 years old. It is also being said that the place housed human settlements. Professor Singh added that they had informed ASI so that no damage would be caused to the site. If proper archaeological excavations are undertaken then this would lead to the discovery of a big civilization.

Some of the important discoveries made at the site are:

1) Animal motifs including horses on the earthenware

2) Burnt grains of wheat and mustard plants

3) Remnants of woodenware

4) Remnants of bones

5) Probable crematorium/graveyard site where several bones have been found

Researchers have also said that this could have possibly been along one of the ancient trade routes. Exact dates will be known once the carbon dating process that is currently underway is completed.

(Featured Image Source: Dainik Jagran)

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