By Express News Service
CUTTACK: Even as illegal brick kilns have sprung up across the blocks in gross violation of all environmental norms, the district administration has turned a blind eye to the menace. Despite restrictions imposed by the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB), over 10,000 brick kilns are operating without environmental clearance in 15 tehsils of the district. Highest number of illegal brick kilns have been reported from Niali, Kantapada, Cuttack Sadar, Kissan Nagar, Nischintakoili and Mahanga tehsil areas.
Most of these brick kilns, set up in agriculture land close to habitations, schools, temples and monuments protected either by the State Archeology department or Archeological Survey of India, are being run by some influential persons in connivance with the local revenue officials.
The operators prefer the summer season for intensifying brick making as the drying process of the clay is easier. They also draw groundwater illegally. “While use of wood i..
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Besides the discovery of the 3 chariots, the Sinauli burial site is extremely important (not only in the Indian context but also in the SE Asian context) for few other discoveries. (Image Credit - Snapshot from Secrets of Sinauli)By Monidipa Dey,
Secrets of Sinauli: The recent 2018 excavations at the Sinauli burial site, which is located 67 km from Delhi in Baghpat- Uttar Pradesh, had led to a lot of excitement in both the archeological world and among the history enthusiasts owing to the discovery of 3 chariots that were more than 4,000 years old (2500 -1900 BCE). Why was the discovery of chariots so important in the context of Indian history? First: it was the first time that India was seeing chariots that were contemporary to the Mesopotamian and Sumerian culture. Second: it put a big question mark on the theory that horses were introduced to India from western and central Asia by the ‘invaders’ / immigrants.
Besides the discovery of the 3 chariots, the Sinauli burial s..
VISAKHAPATNAM: The recent government order (GO) Rt No 21 declaring the extent of Thotlakonda Buddhist site as 120 acres and not 3,143 acres as was earlier believed has raised concerns among citizens and heritage enthusiasts. The 2,000-year-old prominent Buddhist hilltop site along the Vizag-Bheemili Road is protected under the archaeology department.
The GO states the order is a bid to rectify a previous ‘omission/error’ in the notification in which the site boundaries were not clearly demarcated and that the extent of land at Thotlakonda was not mentioned in GO Rt No 627, dated May 2, 1978. The current order refers to two earlier GOs, one in 1976 and another in 1978, and a writ petition filed in the high court. The high court had permitted AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) to take up development works at Thotlakonda.
Earlier, through a gazette notification, the Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex situated in survey no. 314 at Kapuluppada village in Bheemunipatnam mandal had been d..
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The Athens Ephorate of Antiquities (EFA) has embarked on one of its greatest challenges, tackling the restoration of the 6th century BC Temple of Olympian Zeus, one of the great monuments of the ancient world. “It is a project fraught with difficulties and problems,” Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said Thursday..
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SIVAGANGA: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will inaugurate the seventh phase of excavation in Keezhadi and its cluster villages tomorrow through video conference. The State Archaeology department got permission to conduct the seventh phase excavation in Keezhadi and its cluster villages - Manalur, Agaram and Konthagai - from Centre Advisory Board of Archaeology. Among the six phases of excavations carried out so far, three were conducted by Archaeological Survey of India.
Archaeologists from the department and experts believe that Keezhadi was an industrialised settlement. Traces of ancient human settlement could be found in Manalur and Agaram villages, and a burial site was found in Konthagai.
The State Archaeology department have unearthed around 2,600 artefacts during the sixth phase of the excavation in Keezhadi and its cluster villages. The sixth phase ended on Sept 30, 2020. It is for the second time that the excavation will be carried out in M..
INDORE: A 12 century AD old exotic Shiva temple was revealed during an excavation by state archaeology department during an excavation in Bajna tehsil of Ratlam district.
As many as 250 artefacts from the temple built in accordance with the Khajuraho temple which includes over 100 unique statues were found in this ongoing excavation.
As per the archaeology department, this temple which consists of 51 pillars will now be considered as Malwa region’s biggest temple as it’s built on an area of approximately 60×40 square feet.
According to official of state archaeology department, Dr DP Pandey who is heading this excavation, the temple which is situated at the Rajapur village of Bajna tehsil is 40 kms from Ratlam. It was hidden under the debitage for a century.
It was in the year 2019, that during a survey, Pandey had witnessed a small portion of pillar in the debitage of stones and mud. He had sent a request for excavation which was approved in the month of October 2020. However, due ..
Visiting archaeological museums, we are often moved by the idea of the work that went into discovering so many artifacts and bringing them to light, but rarely do we go to the trouble to learn about what happened after that, how these treasures were salvaged and restored, and by whom.
Chemist Othon Rhousopoulos (1856-1922) is one of many such unsun..
“The General Assembly of the Association of Greek Archaeologists has unanimously rejected the conversion of state-run museums into legal entities governed by public law (NPDD), for ideological, legal, political and practical reasons.”
If this quote from the association did not have a date, one would have believed it was published today. In fact, i..
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