Chandigarh, Feb 26 (UNI) Ruins of a city dating back to Harappa civilisation have been found buried at Farmana Khas, about 12 km from Meham, in Rohtak district of Haryana.
Terming the discovery as very significant, a spokesman for the Haryana Archaeology and Museums Department said here today it was the first city of Harappa civilisation to have been found buried in Haryana.
''Till now small towns of this civilisation namely Banawali, Bhirdana and Kunal village and big towns of Rakhigarhi have come to light in Haryana, but the ruins of a city have not been discovered in Haryana earlier,'' he said.
It was evident from the nature of settlements and richness of antiquities found there that the city was of Harappa civilisation, he added.
The place of new discovery, popularly known as Daksh Khera, was spread over an area of 32 acres and the ruins were under a three-meter high hillock.
The spokesman said the city would have been located on the banks of Yamuna river, which might be flowing through the area in ancient times.
Dr Suraj Bhan, a retired Professor of Kurukshetra University, had observed that in ancient times, Yamuna used to pass through areas of Indri, Karnal, south-west of western Jamuna canal, Gagsina, Munak, Kirsola, Poli, Farmana, Samana, Sinhwa, Chang, Mittathal, Tigrana, Tosham and then it flowed towards Nohar Bhadra. Ahead of Tosham, this course of the river had been covered by the sand ruins.
''With the discovery of the ruins of the Indus-Saraswati Harappa civilisation on the banks of the ancient course of Yamuna, the belief has been further strengthened that it has been the civilisation of the people, who belonged to the era of Rigveda,'' the spokesman said.
The ruins related to the same civilisation had also been found at Sanoli in Uttar Pradesh along the ancient course of river Yamuna.
Till now, about 1500 spots related to Indus valley civilisation had been discovered in India and Pakistan, the spokesman pointed out.
More than 500 such spots had been found along the Indus river and five rivers of Jehlum, Ravi, Chenab, Beas and Sutlej. Also, more than 900 such spots had been found along Saraswati and Drishdati rivers. Therefore, some archaeologists have been terming the Harappa civilisation as Indus-Saraswati civilisation, he added.
The spokesman regretted that urbanisation and green revolution had destroyed ruins of many such ancient towns and cities located on the banks of various rivers.
He said those spots which had come to the notice of the department have been protected and some of these had been excavated.
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