Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Athagarh, Jun 8:
Archaeologists and researchers are thrilled after the discovery of skeletal remains of a child from Talagada near Goudajhari village under Kuleilo panchayat in Odisha’s Cuttack district on Sunday. The fossils were retrieved from a clay pot and is said to be from Chalcolithic Age.
Earlier, a skeleton of a healthy adult was found from the fourth layer during excavation at the same site. Now, the remains of the child have been dug up from the tenth layer.
The archaeologists and researchers are excited to find pottery articles, clay cup, tumbler and earthen pot from the site. Besides, handmade stone weapons and stone beads were also found from the site.
These recovered articles have been sent to Ravenshaw University, Cuttack for further research.
As ashes were found in various layers, historians opine that there existed a human civilisation for years. This establishes the existence of Chalcolithic Age civilisation in Odisha, they say.
Archaeological excavation is on at the site since May 12. Assistant Professor of Ravenshaw University’s History Department, Umakanta Mishra, along with 15 students, is engaged in the research at Talagada.
Meanwhile, researchers have stalled the excavation work since Sunday ahead of the onset of monsoon. The work would resume after getting permission from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials, sources said.
It may be recalled that skeletal remains of a robust male in the age group of 25-35 was found during excavation which the researchers said belonged to the later part of the Stone Age (2000 BC). A turtle shell near the skeleton and a bead were also found beneath the decomposed body.
Apart from the skeleton, the archaeologists and researchers had found an axe from beneath the soil, which was believed to be from the Stone Age. The articles found from the site included–iron chisel, red and black pottery, filigree and stone artefacts.
Eminent skeleton biologist Veena Mushrif-Tripathy, from the Department of Archaeology, Deccan College of Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Pune visited the excavation site during the last week of May this year. She had examined the skeleton then.