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CITY

Ambari excavation site reveals age of Guwahati
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, May 10 – The bricks found at the Ambari archaeological site recently, which have firmly determined the age of Guwahati city, were handmade, differed in size and were not well-fired.

Stating this, Superintending Archaeologist of the Guwahati Circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Dr SK Manjul said at a function here on Friday that those components of the brick-built tank unearthed there, have helped determine the age of the oldest human habitation-activities at Ambari site. The age of the human habitation-activities at the site has been determined to be that of the Sunga-Kushana period, that is 2nd century BC – 1st century BC to 3rd century AD.

Moreover, a terracotta plaque found at the site also suggests the presence of human activities at the site during the above period, said Dr Manjul. Explaining, he said, the plaque was a moulded one, which is the unique hall mark of the Kushana period.

Dr Manjul was delivering a talk on the recent findings at the Ambari archaeological site with the help of LCD presentation. It was organised by the Directorate of State Museum.

He also expressed the opinion that the Cotton College site had archaeological potential. This has been proved by the findings during an excavation conducted following the digging for the construction of the indoor stadium of the College led to the discovery of a number of archaeological objects.

Moreover, archaeologically important objects have also been found in Panbazar and Uzanbazar areas, which are located in the vicinity of the Ambari site. There are indications also of the extension of the Ambari site towards the Guwahati Railway Station, campus and towards the Khadi-Gramodyog campus, he said.

State Archaeology Director Dr HN Dutta, in his presentation said that Ambari had opened a door for the scholars to peep into the glorious past of the State’s civilisation.

Dr Dutta gave an account of the excavations conducted at the site since 1969 and claimed that the recent findings at the site had revealed the cultural connection of the State with mainland India since the Sunga-Kushana period. The recent excavation that started at the site on January 31 last, ended on April 30 last.

The ASI and the State Directorate of Archaeology jointly conducted the excavation at the site this time. Excavation at the site was initiated by the Anthropology Department of Gauhati University.

The function was presided over by Dr TC Sarma, who also led excavation at the site for a long period. Prof Promode Bhattacharyya was also present on the occasion, besides a number of scholars. Dr Sahraruddin Ahmed, Director (in-charge) of the State Museum also spoke on the occasion.