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    Saraswati project may be buried AKSHAYA MUKUL TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, JULY 01, 2004 05:34:01 AM ] NEW DELHI: It was a project launched last year with
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      Saraswati project may be buried
      AKSHAYA MUKUL

      TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, JULY 01, 2004 05:34:01 AM ]

      NEW DELHI: It was a project launched last year with much fanfare in
      search of a lost civilisation around the mythical river Saraswati.
      But a year later and un-der a new dispensation, questions are being
      raised about it.

      A pet project of the then culture minister Jagmohan, officials now
      indicate that it would be certainly axed. Yet, those involved with
      the Rs 4.98-crore project feel if this is done, it would be grossly
      unfair and a setback to archaeology and academics. "The Saraswati
      Heritage Project was not part of any saffronisation progr-amme,"
      clarifies R S Bisht, project director and former joint DG of ASI.

      Instead, Bisht claims that the project is aimed at "settling the
      issues of different schools of thought" on the existence of the
      Saraswati. He says it is entirely based on scientific principles with
      stress on inter-disciplinary archaeological research in which the
      help of prestigious institutions like IITs and the Birbal Sahni
      Institution is being taken.

      So far, excavation has already been undertaken in 10 places — Adi
      Badri, Thanesar, Sandhauli, Bhirrana, Hansi (all in Haryana), Baror,
      Tarkhanwala Dhera, Chak 86 (all in Rajasthan), Dholavira and Juni
      Karan in Gujarat. The project's action taken report claims that
      during the excavation, remains from the pre-Harappan, Harappan and
      even medieval times have been discovered.

      While Bisht considers it a formidable achievement, J P Joshi,
      renowned archaeologist and former director-general of ASI, is at a
      complete loss with the project's objectives and claims. Joshi
      questions the connection between Dholavira and Juni Karan and the
      river Saraswati. "I would like to know how these two sites are
      connected to the Saraswati."

      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/761548.cms
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