Deposits of 2,500-Year-Old History Discovered in 2014: ASI Fails to Preserve

Archaeological Survey of India has failed to preserve cultural deposits of the last 2,500 years discovered during excavation at Purana Qila . The shade that was supposed to have been erected to shield the relics has yet to be decided .

New Delhi: The Archaeological Survey of India has failed to conserve and preserve the cultural deposits of the last 2,500 years discovered during excavation at Purana Qila, Delhi's only place to demonstrate the cultural continuity from pre-Mauryan to the Mughal period.The shade that was supposed to have been erected to shield the relics when displaying them has yet to be decided.Following the excavations in 2014, ASI officials planned to cover the site with a roof and map, as well as an interpretive center that would reveal the city's history and the historical context of the site spanning nine historical periods.The facilities are however not in place, and ASI is only in the process of finalizing the shade scheme.

According to he, attempts to reopen the excavation site and provide sheds around the excavated area are also ongoing, while maintaining these excavations with old drawings and photographs from the ASI archives.To protect the ancient structures, trenches are being filled with soil as of now.In the last 60 years, three excavations have been carried out in Purana Qila.Among the items uncovered are terracotta beads and toys from the Mauryan period, a terracotta Yakshi figurine from the Sunga period, terracotta votive tank and copper coins from the Kushan period, seals and coins from the Gupta period, various kinds of coral, crystal, and carnelian beads, glazed plates and coins from the Sultanate years, Chinese porcelain with Chinese inscription, glass wine bottles, and a gold ear Under the mound, he found traces of painted greyware culture.