New find to guage exact age of ancient Dwarka?
Underwater excavation in Dwaraka unearths material evidence to determine exact age
New find to guage exact age of ancient Dwarka?Sunday, June 03, 2007
NEW DELHI: The exact age of Dwarka, the ancient submerged city off Gujarat coast, can now finally be determined.
In a major breakthrough, archaeologists have excavated from the ruins of Dwarka a wooden block that promises to solve the mystery about the exact age of the submerged city believed
by many to belong to Lord Krishna.
"Now that we have found wood, we are confident of dating the excavations. We will know exactly how old is this submerged city," Alok Tripathi, Superindenting Archaeologist of the Underwater Archaeology Wing of the Archaeological Survey of India.
Archaeologists will now use the carbon dating technique to determine the exact age of the ruins. The latest excavation at the site that began early this year concluded last week.
The earlier excavations, that first began about 40 years ago, had only revealed stones, beads, glass and terracotta pieces.
"The operations resulted in retrieval of wooden block from a submerged circular structure. The blocks were joined so well with the help of wooden dowels and nails that they remained in situ despite heavy surfs and strong currents for a long period," said Tripathi, who is also an expert diver.
The samples of the excavation have been brought to the capital and shall soon be given for lab testing.
Though there had been previous excavations, each cited different dates and were based on the interpretations of scholars as there was no material evidence to back those claims.
The first excavation in Dwarka, carried out by the Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Pune and the Department of Archaeology, Government of Gujarat in 1963, had revealed artefacts that were 2000 years old. More