Archaeologists Stumble Across Ruins of a Forgotten Civilization in Mizoram


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All over the world, there have been interesting and mysterious cases and finds which have often intrigued us. Here in the northeast, a team of archaeologists excavated mysterious structures at Vangchhia in Champai district of Mizoram which they believe that a city belonging to a greater lost civilization might have once existed there. The excavation concluded on Wednesday.

Sujeet Nayan, Assistant Superintending archaeologist at Archaeological Survey of India Delhi and Director of the excavation at Vangchhia, said that this was one of the most important archaeological finds of the present time and it held the key to hitherto-unknown facts about Mizoram and the Northeast.

The team documented more than 50 structures at Vangchhai and will return soon for further research and study. Fragments of charcoal and pottery have been collected which will be sent to specialized laboratories for carbon dating and other scientific analysis.

“We were exploring what lay beneath the bushes and thick foliage. The entire site could hold traces of a lost city or a greater lost civilization. It is amazing to stumble upon so many things. We need more time and research to reach a final conclusion,” said Nayan.

The team came across burial sites that seemed like water pavilion and terraces that were reminiscent of palatial buildings. The retaining walls or terraces were made of big stones and the average height of each terrace ranged from 10 to 25 feet.

“The terraces might have served as burial sites, but this can’t be ascertained as of now,” Nayan said. “There are nine terraces. We explored around eight. We also found evidence of what seems to be a water pavilion. We presume people here liked their environment and the water pavilion is comparable to those found in Mughal structures,” he added.

Vangchhia is close to the Myanmar border and comprises rolling hills and thick forests. The excavation was conducted after the Director General of ASI visited the site in November last year and the objective was to study the structures that have floral, animal and human depictions on them.

The menhirs of Vangchhai are Mizoram’s first ASI-protected monument and Vangchhia is Mizoram’s only ASI-protected site.

Source: thenortheasttoday.com

14 comments on "Archaeologists Stumble Across Ruins of a Forgotten Civilization in Mizoram"

  1. r.dutta says:

    Wonderful , amazing.

  2. suresh says:

    There is no surprise in it. There was many number of civilisations existed in our earth. We are less civilised than ancient civilisation. After each cycle there would be a partial destruction. That time people loose everything and they have to start over again. The earlier civilsation met end around 80000 years back and the present civilisation started around 6000 years back. So there is a time gap between these two civilisations. that is the reason we are not able to relate both.

  3. Chandra Ravikumar says:

    Open the Archaeological Survey of India website. What stares you in the face is there are 5000, yes FIVE THOUSAND, vacancies in the dept.!

    I, like millions of Indians must be feeling helpless rage over this kind of devastation of our heritage. In my opinion a purposeful and planned move of an agenda set by the Colonial and later Congress- Christian-Commie govts. that ruled us. We the people MUST MUST get together to preseve, conserve and revive our fast disappearing heritage. The comparitively free senior citizens, who have made enough money to have two good meals a day, have a place to bathe, eat and sleep in, have time to spare, and no immediate jobs and children to worry over, must set aside their eternal focus on their aches, pains, missing teeth and children, MUST TAKE THE URGENT TASK OF PRESERVING BHARATHA FOR OUR FUTURE. And that includes me.

  4. Emani Parameswara Rao says:

    Ancient civilizations have perished due to natural catastrophes like incessant rain fall for a long time, floods, huge land slides, and earthquakes etc. Northeast region of India is full of geological faulty area.
    Earthquakes might be a common cause of burial of ancient civilizations.

  5. A K Dixit says:

    Chndra Ravikumar has put forth his point of view well. He exhorted senior citizens to work for preservation of our heritage. I suggest he may give a line of action as well. My good wishes for him and others who join.

  6. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Civilization is about knowing one’s self and Self – archaeological finds confirm this Universal Culture. When will the so-called superficially materialistically focused educated youth of India wake up? If they were truly educated they would not have smashed the mirrors of the Queen’s palace, recently.

  7. ramchanderrao says:

    a very good analyzing in excavation .
    it is great that it remains us of old civilization .
    that too Indian civilization and Hindu civilization.
    ramchander

  8. vishnu says:

    Really interesting….Pls publish more such article..

  9. v subramanian says:

    Amazing ! Awesome !

  10. srini says:

    I agree with Chandra Ravi Kumar’s post. It is common these days for people in their mid 50s to take volunteer retirement. Many senior citizens have lot of wisdom and knowledge that they can pass on the future generations. They can also volunteer and contribute in many things without expecting pay. Only then our heritage can be preserved.

  11. krisskid says:

    It is a happy news that our ASI has brought out the menhirs of Vangchhai in Mizoram which has become the first ASI-protected monument there. Hats off to them! The figures apparently seem to depict only a primitive tribal lifestyle and a clear answer to the question of an ancient civilisation there would depend on further excavations and the carbon dating of the figures and other artefacts. It is better to keep a scientific bent of mind and eschew “India” and “Hindu” goggles to label things.

  12. N s varshani says:

    Could be Ravan’s lanka,proximity to Assam ,Hanumsn’s place is an indication

  13. Harsh Wardhan Jog says:

    Amazing! ASI has huge task in hands & they need to come out with schemes of public, students participation.

  14. Rajiv Gogate says:

    I also feel that there are many retired people who are free from their family responsibilities, financially independent and physically active. If invited, some of them may be willing to help such activities.

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