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Centuries old settlement discovered inside Arunachal jungles

A 226-metre-long rampart made of stone blocks, burnt bricks and stone boulders along with a gate was found there.

The remains of a settlement which dates back to the 13th century have been discovered inside a jungle of Papum Pare district in Arunachal Pradesh, officials said here on Thursday.

The settlement covering more than 20 acres has been discovered in the jungles of Ramghat under Tarasso circle during an excavation by the archaeology section of the state directorate of research.

A 226-metre-long rampart made of stone blocks, burnt bricks and stone boulders along with a gate was found there.

Also, some of the stone blocks discovered have symbols like that of combined bows and arrows and tridents while varied shapes and sizes stone blocks and around 31 burnt bricks believed to have been used in the fortification have been discovered so far.

Besides, the findings also include a broken Shiva-linga, sealing ball and potsherds while the field investigation also revealed the ancient human habitation made of the stone piles.

Archaeological exploration in and around Vyas Kund in Ramghat was also conducted and remains of stone staircase was discovered.

The excavation was carried out by the archaeology team of the state research department led by archaeologist Pura Koji and assistant TaduRingku.

A path made of bricks and a flake tool which could belong to the Palaeolithic era (Old Stone Age) were also found there.

First Published: 16th May, 2022 15:59 IST

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