Bangladeshi archaeologists discover clay seal with ancient inscriptions

April 19th, 2009 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI  

Dhaka, Apr. 19 (ANI): Archaeologists have discovered a part of a clay seal with ancient inscriptions at Paharpur Buddhist Monastery site in the northern district of Naogaon.

The five-member team also found some artefacts, including brick- built structures, floor and unknown earthen pots, at the site during their excavation.

The Department of Archaeology had begun the month-long excavation work to collect archaeological information about site.

The New Nation quoted Naheed Sultana, custodian of the department and a member of the excavation team, as saying that most of the artefacts were found during excavation from 50 centimetre to 3.50 metre under the existing ground level at the north, east and west sides of the site.

“The archaeologists dug out ancient brick-built structures of Gupta dynasty along with other artefacts under the basement of the main temple on the northeastern side last year,” said Mahabub-ul-Alam, a member of the same team.

Several broken earthen pots were found less than 2.5 meter beneath the ground-level along with other cultural accumulation including ash, charcoal and several cultural materials.

Two lines of illegible ancient inscriptions found just below the Buddha image are most probably “Proto-Bengali” style. The illegible inscriptions are most probably of 10-11 century AD, researchers said.

“Recently found artefacts, especially earthen pots, show that the habitation in the site was before Gupta dynasty,” said Alam.

It is presumed that recently found brick-built structures and floor were constructed during Gupta dynasty, added Alam, also the custodian of Mohastan Archeological Museum in Bogra. (ANI)

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