50,000-year-old 350 rare antiquities found in Khargone

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Mar 2017 11:14:17


Staff Reporter,

Shridhar Vakankar Archaeological Research Institute of Archaeology Department has found 50,000-year-old 350 antiquities during excavation in Mehtakhedi of Khargone district. Professor Dr Kidog of South Korea visited the excavation site and has claimed to obtain better conclusion from the excavation here.


Commissioner Archaeology Anupam Rajan informed that an excavation team led by the former Head of the Department of Deccan College, Pune, and famous Archaeologist Professor Sheela Mishra was formed after obtaining permission from the Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, in the month of January 2017. Responsibility from the institute was entrusted to Research Officer Dr Jinendra Jain, Research Assistant Dr Dhruvendra Singh Jodha and Research Scholars of Deccan College Dr Neetu Agarwal, Namrata Vishwas and Garima Khansali. Rajan mentioned that excavation work was started in the second week of February by Professor Sheela Mishra and the team. 200 antiquities from trench 1 and 150 antiquities from trench 2 were found in the first fifteen days of the excavation. Conclusion will be drawn after analysing them. Development of human civilisation is studied on the basis of underground deposition, ancient geographical analysis and types of apparatus. Work to explore micro relics is being carried out dissolving and filtering soil obtained from the excavation.


Pieces of ostrich’s eggs related to modern human civilisation were found during excavation carried out in the year 2009 by Professor Sheela Mishra. Date of micro blade was estimated 50,000 years old by Professor Singhvi of Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad. Carbon date of ostrich’s egg was verified as over 42,000 years old.
Microlith is an apparatus or equipment of wood and bone which was used by pre-historical humans for hunting and post hunting activities.


Moreover, Rajan informed that the conclusion of archaeological and biological research conducted recently has proved that humans of today despite several dissimilarities are related to more than one lakh year old extended groups of Africa.
Human civilisation of Mehtakhedi area is related to African human group spread in the world over 50,000 years ago. Further, Rajan said that ancient relics found in Mehtakhedi certify that ancient and rare antiquities are available in abundance in the State.