Balasore: An archaeological excavation at a coastal village in Balasore district has revealed an urban civilization and use of developed agriculture tools which are believed to be over 2,000 years old.
During the first phase of deep excavation carried out by the Archaeological team at Durgadevi village in the district, traces of pre-historic age-like agriculture tools of around 4,000 years old and urban life of 2,400 years old were found.
The discovery includes several materials of Chalocolithic period, Iron Age and the pre-historic era. The pottery specimen of different colours, iron pots, terracotta ear studs, bangles, beads, terracotta wheels, floor and walls of houses were among the discoveries at the excavation site.
The archaeologists also recovered a map during excavation which indicated that houses date back to the Chalcolithic period.
“There was human civilisation which had collapsed around 2000 years ago. But, we have found some solid evidences of human society that existed there. The discovery has heralded a new chapter in the history of Odisha as well as India,” said Sunil Patnaik, archaeologist.
Locals said that Devi Durga in the name of Gada Chandi was founded in 1839 in the locality.
“A statue of lion was installed on a big piece of stone on which the year ‘1839’ was engraved. The stone craving has gradually decayed. So, it is believed that it was built by an erstwhile ruler and later installed by the locals in front of the temple,” said Bigneswar Dwibedi, a priest at the Durga temple.
It is believed that the site was a fortress of a king and the materials discovered from the place during excavation are believed to be a part of the pre-historic age.
However, the traces of the early-historic period would be conserved for future research, Union Minister and Local MP Pratap Sarangi said.
“I would take it to the Central government and try to make the place into of a tourist and historical importance. Let more traces be discovered,” Sarangi added.