Amaravathi museum to be expanded by ASI

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Machilipatnam, Andhra Pradesh, Sep 12 (UNI) The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is comtemplating extending the existing museum at Amaravathi by an extent of 5,000 ft, according to ASI spokesperson D Kannababu.

Talking to UNI here today, he said antiques which were unearthed in and around Amaravathi during recent explorations would be secured and exhibited in the proposed extension building.

He said at present about 200 antique pieces dating back to the period of King Ashoka, Pallava and Viswaka, including Buddhist sculptures, second century pottery, jewellery and weaponry were exibited.

He said the full size standing ornate bull of the Sathavahana period was a notable piece of art in the museum.

The ASI was also negotiating with the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department to introduce a circuit tour from Vijayawada, connecting Mangalagiri, Suryalanka Bird Sanctuary, Guntur and Amaravathi every day.

During last year, about 10,000 pilgrims had witnessed the antiques in Amaravathi museum, he said and added that this year it would touch 15,000.

UNI

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