4000-Year Old Craft Village Discovered During Excavation Near Varanasi

by Sanjana Shenoy
4000-Year Old Craft Village Discovered During Excavation Near Varanasi

History is another world by itself. It’s just marvelling to keep discovering something new every other day, that takes us another step closer to knowing our ancestors better. India is so rich when it comes to diversity, culture, natural beauty and ofcourse history. And now, a 4000-year old craft village has been discovered during an excavation near Varanasi. This was unravelled by a research team from Banaras Hindu University(BHU) in a village located 13 km from the City of Temples.

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What’s In It?

The research team experts stated to the press that the site found at Bambhaniya is one of the ancient craft villages as per old Hindu texts. The BHU team further revealed that these discoveries date all the way back to extremely old human settlements near Varanasi which could have grown into a sub-centre of the Temple City. The team has also found a temple built between the 5th and 8th century AD.

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AK Dubey, a BHU Professor who works in the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, stated that potteries as old as 4000-years-old and walls which are around 2000-years-old have been found. Dubey also believes that this is a pertinent discovery because of its proximity to Varanasi. He also said that it’s likely that this site could have been an urban settlement. According to the BHU team, the surface material at the site shows the possibility that the unearthed structure could be around 3500 to 4500 years old. To add to this, the 5-metre cultural deposit is similar to the ones discovered in Sarnath, which is 10km away from Varanasi. Did you know Varanasi’s The Orange Cafe Is Run By Acid Attack Survivors?

What’s More?

The initial survey was attended by BR Mani who is the Former Additional Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). But this is not the first time that a crafts village has been discovered in India. Previously ancient craft villages in places like Ramnagar, Sarnath and Tilmapur has been discovered. A pillar with a two-line text in Kushan Brahmi script, dating back to 3500 to 4000 years has been discovered. It’s really exciting to discover new ancient pieces of history and culture every other day.