History & Culture

National Museum to undertake its first excavation project

DELHI: The National Museum in New Delhi is set to undertake its first ever excavation project in Kunal, in Haryana’s Fatehabad district, to study the pre-Harappan culture dating back to 7,000 BC.

The objective of the excavation, scheduled to start next month, is to ascertain whether the remains of the civilization here may be older than the pre-Harappan culture.

Kunal, a small village, gained prominence in the 1980s and 1990s after excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Directorate of Archaeology & Museums, Haryana, revealed some of the earliest pre-Harappan settlements to be discovered in India.

Kunal, a small village, gained prominence in the 1980s and 1990s after excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Directorate of Archaeology & Museums, Haryana, revealed some of the earliest pre-Harappan settlements to be discovered in India.

“Our idea is to check the ancestry of the village and the pre-Harappan culture and cross-check the dates we have from 7th to 6th millennium BC,” said B R Mani, the director general of National Museum, also the head of the current project.

The forthcoming excavation by National Museum will be in collaboration with the Indian Archaeological Society (IAS), New Delhi, and the Directorate of Archaeology & Museums, Haryana.

“Initially, it will be a small-scale project and will include only around 10 people, including experts from the National Museum, National Museum Institute, and Haryana’s state archaeology department,” Mani said.

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