Archaeological statuette discovered in Mokokchung

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Kohima, Jul 20 (UNI) Pointing to the possible discovery of a new archaeological interest, a rock statuette head has been found near the Yimsen Tsubo dew pond of Mokokchung village in Nagaland.

Official sources said here today that a resident of the village found the stone head at the spot while collecting fodder for his livestock yesterday.

The statuette head, weighing about 17 kgs and about a foot long, has the carving of a human face with eyes, nose, mouth and distinct eyebrows.

It was reported that a landslide brought the figurine stone to the surface near the often-visited village pond.

The statuette is presently kept on display at the Aosungkum Cultural Club Museum at Mokokchung village.

However, villagers could not point out to any folklore relating to the discovered figure.

The Archaeological Department of Nagaland University and the concerned state government department are likely to visit the village for further study of the discovered statuette, its age and other details, the sources said.

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