Significant archaeological evidence found at Ubali during excavation

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Mar 2017 09:56:12

By Vikas Vaidya,

Post Graduate Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University has unearthed significant archaeological evidence at Ubali at Kalmeshwar Taluka in Nagpur district.
Dr Preety Trivedi, Head and Professor of the Department who was also the Director of this excavation said, “The evidence brought to light from this excavation has provided interesting information regarding the close Human-Equine Associations with the discovery of an intact horse skull from
one of the burial pits within the Megalith, for the first time in Vidarbha.”

The Director of the excavation, Professor Preety A Trivedi, is the first lady Head of the Department, also endeavours to bring about heritage and archaeological awareness among the local people of Ubali and Nagpur towards these seemingly unpretentious monuments, which contain a wealth of information dating back to the Iron Age, also known as the Vedic Age in India.

“This village has approximately 67 Megaliths situated on a hillock surrounded by plains. Megalithic stone circles are burial tombs and represent a very important and extensive aspect of the archaeology, culture and ritualistic practices prevalent among a specific group of people in the pre-Christian Era. These tombs are commonly found in Vidarbha and may be identified as big boulders, arranged in a circle,” elaborates Dr Trivedi.

The basic aim of the excavation was to provide training to the students in methods of field archaeology.
The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Siddharthavinayak Kane appreciated the work undertaken by the Department during his visit to the site.

When asked he said, “I am excited with the kind of excavation. University does many things that spreads positive image of this old institution.
We have museum in the department and I am keen to develop it.”

During the course of excavations, several experts like Dr Ismail Kellelu, retired HOD, Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology, RTMNU; Dr Sudhakar Mishra, Professor and Head, Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology, Jabalpur University and Dr D K Mathur, Retired Director of Wakankar Archaeological Research Institute, Bhopal visited the site several times and contributed towards its successful completion. The
students also greatly benefitted from the field training
they received.

Dr Trivedi said, “All the material obtained from the excavation will be sent for scientific investigation to the National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC) and Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP), Lucknow, NBSS-LUP, Nagpur and Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli.”