Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 25:
The Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASIs) excavation branch has stumbled upon a skeleton of a large animal during exploration work at Suabarai village in Poparanga Panchayat of Odisha’s Puri district.
The researchers have found the bones of a gigantic animal on Wednesday during its second phase exploration, which has fuelled speculation among the locals of being of a huge elephant.
However, the officials of the ASI have brushed aside the rumours.
“It is talked about that bones of an elephant has been found. It is untrue. We haven’t got any clear picture on this. We anticipate it to be the remains of a cow or a buffalo. Researchers from Deccan College Post Graduate & Research Institute, Pune will be arriving here in two days. They will examine the skeletons after which we will be in a position to comment on it,” Deputy Director of ASI, Jeevan Kumar Patnaik said.
It may be mentioned that ASI has resumed its second phase exploration from December 22 last year. The researchers have found oval shaped places, earthen utensils, horns of antelopes and other things possibly from the Chalcolithic or Copper Age.
It may be recalled that an ASI team had found skeletal remains of birds and wild animals, teeth, horns and earthen chulha during excavation at the site at Suabarai on June 6, 2014 indicating possible existence of a human civilization in the area over 3000 years dating back to the Chalcolithic or Copper Age.
The exploration team had found an ancient mound around 2 KM away from Suabarai village located on the southern end off Dhauli hills on the bank of the Daya river on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, known as the site of the historical Kalinga war.