ASI unearths rare pieces at a dilapidated fort in Unnao, U.P.

The Archaeological Survey of India has unearthed rare pieces of pottery dating back to the Kushan and Gupta periods in the ongoing excavation at the dilapidated fort of Raja Ram Baksh Singh at Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Thursday, ASI Additional Director-General D. R. Mani said: “We have managed to prove that a kingdom existed in Unnao about 2,000 years ago. The discovery points to the tradition prevailing in North India and epitomises the cultural heritage of Ganga-Jamuna.”

Dr. Mani has been at the centre of many discoveries of archaeological sites across the country.

Shedding light on the findings, ASI Director (Archaeology) Syed Jamal Hasan said red pottery has been discovered. “What we have discovered is similar to the kulhars (handle-less terracotta cups), which we find after every 10 km even now. These are not national treasures but minor antiquities. But we have even stumbled upon black-slipped ware and Northern blade-polish ware.”

According to renowned archaeologist D. S. Sharma, the pottery highlights the fact that “2,000 years of habitation existed at this archeologically-significant site”.

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  • Archaeologists say the find proves the kingdom existed 2,000 years ago