Explorers claim they have evidence of a 2500-year-old planned city—complete with water reservoirs, roads, seals and coins—buried in Chhattisgarh, a discovery that is being billed as the nation’s biggest archaeological find in at least half a century. The discoveries were made from Tarighat in Durg district and spanned five acres of a sparsely inhabited region
- Four 15ft high mounds around which evidence of pottery, coins and some terracotta figures have been found
- The 5th and 3rd century BC—to which the Tarighat finds date—points to a period when the region was ruled by the Kushan and Satavahana dynasties in central India. It was the end of the period of the 16 mahajanapadas (loosely translated to great kingdoms) when the Mahabharata was supposedly set, and the beginning of the Maurya empire. There’s very little known about urban structures in this period, in regions spanning modern-day Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
- The kind of pottery called the Red and Black Northern Pottery, the coins, etc., at the surface of the site itself show very visible signs of complex urbanization.
- The area seems to have been divided into blocks which appear like a market
- The ancient city is believed to have been rich in ceramic culture with the discovery of a large number of pottery items including vases, basins and bowls. Also, few terracotta figures of males, females and animal figurines were traced while the whole mound was found to be covered with stones.