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Odisha: Burnt Bricks Of Early Gupta Era Found In Sambalpur

by Swati Sahoo
According to a study, brick wall constructions going back to the early Gupta dynasty were found in the Sambalpur district of Odisha.

Members of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) initially saw the bricks and then notified the study academics. Following that, on August 15, the crew went to the location, according to the report.

The breakthrough was made by a group of teachers and scholars from Sambalpur University’s History Department. The members of the team believe that ancient relics have spread to the neighboring districts of Angul and Boudh.

The civilization’s ruins were discovered in Badamal in the Jujumura block, and they span for 2 kilometers from Durgapali to Bada Bazaar within the Sambalpur civic body borders. Historians say that ruins of an ancient civilization’s human habitation may be found in the area, as shown by charred bricks.

The form of the bricks is similar to that of the Gupta period. However, conducting an archaeological survey to discover newer features is difficult due to the large-scale building activity that is occurring in the region as a result of increasing urbanization.

The subject came to light after scribes Deepak Kumar Panda and Kulamani Patel, as well as historians Bibhudendra Mishra and PK Mishra, discovered the ruins of an ancient civilization and alerted the university’s History Department.

A team of historians from the Sambalpur museum, lead by Prof Pradip Kumar Behera and included historians Nabin Kumar Sahu, Khirasindhu Barik, and Khageswar Bhoi, visited the site and conducted a thorough investigation. They then went to the district’s Harihar stream bank at Asuragad and did different tests.

They uncovered garnet, berry, aquamarine, amethyst, corundum, carnelian, agate, and chalcedony stones, glass beads, necklaces, stone and iron utensils, and open-air and well-protected tool production facilities during the dig.

During the Mauryan era, a rectangular-shaped human habitation was built on the site. Similar villages have also been found in other locations. On top of Sindol hill, some 45 kilometers south of Sambalpur, remains of a massive structure have also been discovered. This location is similar to the leaning temple of Huma in Sambalpur town, as well as the ruins of Durgapalli. Sambalpur is said to be at least as old as the Gupta dynasty, if not earlier.

According to the team members, a thorough investigation and archaeological survey might offer additional light on this idea. Apart from that, glass bangles and glass goods of various colors have been unearthed in the Tentulipalli valley on the Mahanadi river bank and at Krumapadar along the river bank.

Iron melting was common in the 7th century BC, according to the study. At Tarporgad, similar ruins of brick-built houses, iron tools, and a burnt-brick guard-wall around a well have been discovered.

Tarporgarh also features a circular fort-like construction, which was unearthed in Chhattisgarh. Prof Sahu said he discovered charred bricks in the Manmunda block of Boudh district and in Budhigarh near Madanpur-Rampur in Kalahandi district, which are likely from the Gupta era.




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