The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which has been working in Rakhi Garhi in Haryana for the last 32 years, made one of its biggest discoveries yet with the excavation of a 5000 year old jewellery making factory.
Rakhi Garhi is a village and one of the oldest archaeological sites belonging to the Indus Valley Civilisation in Hisar district of Haryana.
The structure of some houses, a kitchen complex and a 5000-year-old jewellery making factory was discovered, which shows that the site must have been a very important trade centre. Copper and gold jewellery were also found which had been hidden for thousands of years.
Like Sinauli in Uttar Pradesh- which gained attention for its Bronze Age solid-disk wheel carts found in 2018, which were interpreted by some as horse-pulled “chariots”- graveyards have been found in the excavation sites which archaeologists say explain that civilisation believed in life after death.
ASI has made a lot of discoveries in the last two months in Rakhi Garhi which points to the civilisation progressing steadily towards development.
Thousands of earthen pots, royal seals, and children’s toys have also been excavated.
Dr. Sanjay Manjul, Additional Director General (ADG), ASI, said, “We have done a lot of work on Sinauli, Hastinapur and Rakhigarhi in the last 20 years. You can say that the people of Rakhigarhi were the ancestors of the people of Hastinapur and from this the culture got development and momentum