- Dying to get in
July 13, 2013
At its AGM held on June 29, 2008 it was resolved to put a 5-year freeze on membership applications at Bangalore's most coveted club, the…
- Club hits
July 13, 2013
Despite their restrictive membership rules, colonial trappings and archaic dress (and gadget) codes, India's private clubs haven't lost…
- Finer tastes
July 13, 2013
It is the culinary tradition and its grand interiors that Bengal Club is justifiably proud of.
- In This Section
- Entire Website
From the Times Of India
- MOST POPULAR
Grave danger to 3500 BC cemetery
One of civilisation's oldest graves was discovered with much fanfare last year in Haryana. Now, it lies abandoned with landowners filling parts of the site with mud.
Last year in March, the largest cemetery of the Harappan period was discovered in a quaint Rohtak village. The biggest ancient burial site till date, the excavation was seen as one of the most significant breakthroughs in South Asian history and is now listed for World Heritage status.
The discovery of the cemetery at Samian village, which has about 70 graves going back to 3000-3500 BC, by archeologists of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto (Japan), Deccan College, Pune, and Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, generated so much excitement that the Haryana Archeological Department initiated a move to declare the 9-acre plot a protected site and to speed up the acquisition process. But in a strange and unfortunate twist to the landmark findings, the site, just a year after it was discovered, has now been abandoned following the landowners' refusal to allow archaeologists to carry out further excavation. The state government in Haryana, like elsewhere, has been able to do little to protect the historic place. The landowners have not only refused permission to go ahead with the work, but have refilled the excavated sites with earth.
An official of the archeology department told TOI-Crest that though the authorities concerned visited the site after the row and have decided to take control of the plot, a final decision is yet to be taken. The move to declare the site protected is also still in process. "We cannot forcibly proceed with the excavation without notifying the site under the Punjab Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1964, " he says in defence.
Citing helplessness, an archeologist from MD University, Manmohan Kumar, says, "The owner of the land was willing to sell off the plot if the state government wanted. For now, though, we have no option but to back out. The site is lying unattended. "
Kumar says the team had successfully exhumed two skeletal remains from the graveyard. One of these is with the Deccan College while the other is being preserved at their museum. But the rest are likely to get destroyed in the absence of preservation, he warns.
Register for Full Access to the Crest Edition
Don't have a Facebook Account? Sign up for Times Crest here.