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Vadnagar – Importance in History UPSC NOTE

 Why in news

  • A joint study by five prominent institutions has found evidence of a cultural continuity in Vadnagar in present-day Gujarat even after the collapse of the Harappan civilization.

  • From deep archaeological excavation at Vadnagar, a consortium of scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Physical Research Laboratory, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Deccan College has now found evidence of a human settlement that is as old as 800 BCE contemporary to late-Vedic/pre-Buddhist Mahajanapadas or oligarchic republics.

Why Vadnagar is important in ancient indian history

  • Vadnagar was a multicultural and multireligious (Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Islamic) settlement.

  • Excavation in several deep trenches revealed the presence of seven cultural stages (periods) namely, Mauryan, Indo-Greek, Indo-Scythian or Shaka-Kshatrapas (‘Satraps’), descendants of provincial governors of ancient Achaemenid Empires, Hindu-Solankis, Sultanate-Mughal (Islamic) and Gaekwad-British colonial rule and the city endures even today

  • One of the oldest Buddhist monasteries has been discovered during our excavation. 

  • We found characteristic archaeological artefacts, potteries, copper, gold, silver and iron objects and intricately designed bangles

  • We also found coin moulds of the Greek king Appollodatus during the Indo-Greek rule at Vadnagar,”.

  • The period between the collapse of the Indus Valley Civilisation and the emergence of the Iron Age and cities such as Gandhar, Koshal, and Avanti is often depicted as a Dark Age by archaeologists.

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