Excavation reveals 5,200 years old Indus Valley Civilization settlement

Last month’s excavation, conducted by archaeologists from Kerala University in collaboration with various institutions, uncovered a Harappan settlement, of Indus Valley Civilization, dating back 5,200 years, situated on the slopes of a modest hillock commonly referred to as Padta Bet locally.

The Indus Valley Civilisation, considered a Bronze Age society , existed through its early years of 3300-1300 BCE, and its mature period of 2600-1900 BCE.

Padta Bet is located at a distance of roughly 1.5 kilometers from the Early Harappan necropolis of Juna Khatiya in Gujarat, the site holds significant historical importance. The archaeological exploration at Padta Bet unveiled traces of both circular and rectangular structures built from sandstone and shales indigenous to the area. Alongside these architectural remnants, various artifacts such as pottery shards and animal bone fragments were discovered. These findings provide significant insights into the cultural progression of the region, spanning from the Early Harappan to Late Harappan periods, estimated to have occurred between approximately 3200 BCE and 1700 BCE.



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