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DU Researchers from the Department of Anthropology unearths settlements on a highway site. The settlement is from the 6th to 7th century BCE. It is also a part of an ancient trade route towards Allahabad.

Manoj Kumar, a professor from the anthropology department was given information about the settlement via email. Therefore, a student from Lucknow informed him about the artefacts found in the Umra Valley of Sultanpur district. Hence, subsequently, a DU Researcher team had been sent.

Here is how the DU Researchers found the settlement:

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) confirms that the settlement was a part of the ancient trade route. Hence, this conclusion was based on terracotta structures, animal bones, and pottery type. The student, Kartik Mani Tripathi first discovered the artefacts on a dug up land. Hence, this was dug up during an Uttar Pradesh government-sponsored highway project.

The DU researchers team consisted of Sudeshna Biswas and Ravinder. They did visit the site and revealed that it was called Jawahar ka Purwa.

Artefacts found by the DU Researchers at the settlement:

Remains of pottery, grains, potsherds, bricks, and bones were found. Hence, all this was reported to the main professors. This was accompanied by an immediate preliminary investigation of those artefacts. Hence, the site located on a high platform near Gomti River was considered a settlement.

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It was found that the locals called the place Itawah, i.e. a locale of bricks. People had often found large unusual bricks which were used to build houses. However, these were huge and heavy bricks compared to normal ones. Also, cylinder and arch-type brick structures were found. However, the potsherds were undoubtedly the northern black polished version. Hence, the settlement belonged to the 7th century BCE i.e. the Kushana period.

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Mr. Singh expects the ASI to intervene soon and stop the construction work. Also, the DU researchers team look forward to working with ASI.

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