Chhattisgarh’s Tarighat was earliest urban centres in country
artefacts found 20 foot below the surface at a recently discovered
2500-year-old ancient city at Chhattisgarh\'s Tarighat excavation site, has
indicated it as one of the earliest urban centres in the country back in 2nd
and 3rd century BC.
Not only was
Chhattisgarh one of the richest trading centre but also a hot spot of affluent
lifestyle. With the latest females terracotta figurines unearthed from site,
archaeologists claim that women were fond of different hairstyles and rich
costumes. Nearly 12 different sorts of hair styled women\'s figurines have been
discovered which they combed with ivory from Tarighat, located 30 kilometres
away from capital in Durg district.
carved in stone plaque showcases ancient residents\' affluent lifestyle being
located at the international urban trading centre authenticated with Indo-Greek
coins yielded from site.
director and archaeologist in culture department of Chhattisgarh, J R Bhagat
said, \"Chhattisgarh was the earliest urban centres on bank of Kharun river
like other discovered centres of Mathura, Hastinapur and Takshashila on the
banks of river tributaries. Women of that era were fond of different
hairstyles, jewellery and costumes. The figurines retrieved from Tarighat till
now give clues about rich lifestyle of those people adorned with ornaments, who
used to wear turbans.\"
More than 15
varieties of beads found in large number ranging above 2000 of unusual sizes,
styles and shapes were retrieved recently which signifies that Chhattisgarh
served as a significant beads manufacturing centre which is also called as
lapidary centre and people used to trade them to different places, Bhagat said
adding that it may be the place with maximum varieties of beads found till
Types of beads
found are ghat, amalak, cylindrical and round-shaped. Pendants, ornaments,
bangles of gold, silver and copper have also been unearthed from site which is
presently under supervision of department guards.
that on the land of five acres it may take more than five years of excavation,
revealing more such surprises depicting rich culture of tribal Chhattisgarh. He
said it was a chance discovery during his personal visit to Tarighat in 2008
when he found some old coins, beads, pottery items, bones and some structural
features on the banks of Kharun River. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)
has approved excavation of the area, based on the initial findings.