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    New Mathematical Method Shows How Climate Change Led To Fall Of Indus Valley Civilization

    A Rochester Institute of Technology researcher developed a mathematical method that shows climate change likely caused the rise and fall of an ancient civilization. In an article recently featured in the journal Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, Nishant Malik, assistant...
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    Stolen 9th Century Shiva Statue Returns To India From London

    For the past few years, the Government of India has been giving renewed impetus to protecting India’s cultural heritage and showcasing it to the world. Among those, retrieval of the 10th century gorgeous idol of ‘Natesh Shiva murti is the most recent triumph. The ever momentous Shiva murti idol...
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    1200 Year Old Buddhist Monastery Discovered In Bangladesh

    In a recent discovery, the Archaeology Department of Khulna and Barisal has discovered an ancient Buddhist Monastery Temple Complex in Gaurighona union under Keshabpur upazila in Jessore. Believed to date back to between the 9th century and mid-11th century, the structure includes two Buddhist...
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    2200 Year Old Stupa Crumbles Due To Rain

    Much to the dismay of archaeologists, historians and heritage conservationists in the city, the 2nd BC main stupa at Thotlakonda Buddhist monastery site crumbled partially on Wednesday, unable to withstand the heavy downpour. , Credit: The Hindu “This is our heritage, as the site flourished...
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    Keezhadi excavations: Sangam era older than previously thought

    In a major turning point in the cultural historiography of the ancient Sangam Age, the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department (TNAD) has stated that the cultural deposits unearthed during excavations at Keeladi in Sivaganga district could be safely dated to a period between 6th century BCE and 1st...
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    Oldest Miniaturized Stone Toolkits In Eurasia

    Microliths - small stone tools - are often interpreted as being part of composite tools, including projectile weapons, and essential to efficient hunting strategies of Homo sapiens. In Europe and Africa, the earliest appearance of these lithic toolkits are linked to hunting medium and...
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    Megalithic Rock Cut Cave Excavated In Kozhikode, Kerala

    The State Archaeology Department in Kozhikode has unearthed what it calls a Megalithic era iron sword, a chisel and a few decorated pottery from a rock-cut cave at Pothuvachery in Kannur district. The entrance to the rock-cut cave that was discovered at Mavilayi village, 12 km from Kannur...
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    698 Mughal-Era Coins Recovered By U.P. Police

    The Uttar Pradesh police on Friday said it had recovered a treasure trove of 698 “rare” Mughal-era silver coins dating back to the 16th and 17th century. A few of the coins are said to be from the eras of emperors Akbar and Aurangzeb. The coins were found buried in a garden in Shimla, said a...
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    Centuries-Old Nandi Statues Unearthed Near Mysore

    A pair of centuries-old Nandi statues, carved out of monolithic soapstone, have been unearthed from a dried lake bed in Arasinakere, about 20 km from Mysore, a city in India's southwestern Karnataka state. Credit: Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage The locals, particularly the...
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    Grazing Animals Drove Domestication Of Grain Crops

    Many familiar grains today, like quinoa, amaranth, and the millets, hemp, and buckwheat, all have traits that indicate that they coevolved to be dispersed by large grazing mammals. During the Pleistocene, massive herds directed the ecology across much of the globe and caused evolutionary changes...
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    16 Metal Idols Unearthed In India's Pudukottai

    Sixteen metal idols of various deities were recovered from a private patta land at Peraiyur village in Pudukottai district on Tuesday. Idols of various deities that were recovered from a patta land at Peraiyur village in Pudukottai district on Tuesday [Credit: The Hindu] The height of the...
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    ASI Finds Ruins Of Ancient Jain Structure At Halebid

    The staff of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Halebid recently found ruins of an ancient Jain structure near Parshvanath Basadi, while digging the ground for a compound wall. The Archaeological Survey of India had taken up construction of a compound wall around the temple [Credit...
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