Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 28:
Experts from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have clarified that the skeletal remains found during the ongoing third phase exploration at Suabarai village near Dhauli on the outskirts of Odisha’s capital city are that of an elephant.
ASI in its third phase of excavation in Suabarai village in Poparanga Panchayat under Pipili police limits found a number of bones of animals, later identified as the femur bone of an elephant. The expert team has also found a 6-inch long buck horn, teeth of a 20 kg catla fish, bones of a goat, rice, pulses, mud pot, etc. during exploration dating back to the chalcolithic age.
The collections have been sent to the Deccan College in Pune for further testing and analysis. Prof. Sushama Deo, head of the Archaeological Department and Prof. Pramod Prabhakar Yogelkar who are currently supervising the exploration, will conduct further research on the sampless.
ASI has also discovered a mud house, circular in shape and made of soil that is supposedly water-resistant.
“Although, this 5000-year-old habitation was on the bank of a river, the houses were protected from flood, “said Dr. Jibisad Brajasundar, Asst. Superintendent of ASI.
In an earlier excavation, ASI had stumbled upon stone weapons, tiger and shark teeth, animal-bone needle and mud pots, etc. which were used for fishing and hunting. Bird and animal meat was consumed after seeting the meat on fire, said the excavator team.
ASI experts reveal that it was a prosperous agricultural civilization spanning 1.7 acres of land and comprised of 20 families who lived in circular thatched houses of three square metres, wore animal hides and knew how to make and use fire.