Herodotus Returns

Fresh excavations begin at 2,500 year old fort city in Bangladesh
January 12, 2010, 6:36 am
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Bangladeshi archaeologists have launched excavations to unearth further secrets of the ancient fort city at Wari Bateshwar, one of the country’s archaeological treasures.

This is the ninth dig over the past decade at the site, which has already divulged the sub-continent’s oldest silver punch-marked coins.

Local government minister Syed Asharaful Islam, inaugurating the new excavations, said: “The archaeological findings of this area are signs of a 2,500 year old civilisation. We have to hold on to that heritage.”

The archaeology department of Jahangirnagar University began work at the site in 2000. The entire project has been led by Sufi Mustafizur Rahman, the current chairman of the department and also executive director of private archaeological research centre Oitihya Onneswan.

Earlier excavations uncovered the fort city, thought to be a major trading post on the Buriganga River, dating from around 500 BCE.

Evidence of a river port, roads and alleys have already been found at the site, along with treasures including ceramic nameplates, precious stones, glass beads and coin vaults that included the priceless find of the sub-continent’s oldest silver punch-marked coins.

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