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Archaeological remains from 2 BC to 15th century AD discovered in Mahasthangarh

  • Published at 11:31 pm January 7th, 2020
Bogra
Workers are excavating the brick structure of a 1,300-year-old well at Mahasthangarh, Bogra Dhaka Tribune

Besides a large potsherd and pottery of the Northern Black Polished Ware (NBPW) type, they have discovered eight ring wells, said Department of Archaeology sources

Bangladesh and the French government in their joint excavation at Mahasthangarh in Bogra, unearthed archaeological remains ranging from 2 BC to the 15th century AD.

Besides a large potsherd and pottery of the Northern Black Polished Ware (NBPW) type, they have discovered eight ring wells, said Department of Archaeology sources.

The excavation is part of the France-Bangladesh Joint Venture Excavations at Mahasthangarh, which has been ongoing in several phases since 1993.

The recent phase of the excavation began November 8, 2019, at different spots in the southeast part of the Boiragir Bhita.

Md Zayed, custodian of Shahzadpur museum and a member of the excavation team, said: "One of the ring wells is unique in that it is made out of bricks. Digging six feet of the well, we found 46 rows of brick rings. It is estimated that the well was used in the Pala dynasty (8-12th century). About 1300 years ago (7th century), people in this area used brick made wells."

Archaeologist Collin Lanfranco led the French team of three members at the excavation, while the Bangladeshi team consisted of Dr Nahid Sultana, regional director of the archaeology department, Mojibur Rahman, regional assistant director of the department, and a few others.

The Archaeology Department has also been conducting excavations at its own cost at Mahasthangarh, apart from the joint effort with the French government, said sources.

Discovering the NBPW objects at different spots, the archaeologists estimated that all the discoveries belong to different eras ranging from 2 BC to the 15th century.

Rajia Sultana, custodian of Mahasthangarh Museum said: "We are discovering archaeological remains nearly every year in Mahasthangarh. The discoveries have provided us valuable insight into civilizations even before the birth of Christ. Our excavation for this phase is almost at an end. To protect the remains, we will landfill them by the end of the first week of January."