ASI Approves Excavation Work at Historic Sites Across India

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The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has approved excavation work at multiple sites across the country, including locations along the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat and the Gomti River in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Interestingly, the list also includes areas in and around Harwan, as well as adjoining areas of Zabarwan Hills in Srinagar.

The ancient monastery of Harwan is believed to have played a crucial role in the history of Buddhism. It is where the 4th Buddhist council of the Mahayana school of Buddhism was held in the 1st or 2nd century CE, on the orders of the Kushana emperor Kanishka I.

In a late night tweet on Tuesday, the ASI shared the list of the sites, which includes excavations that will be carried out by the ASI (31 sites), various state governments (16 sites), or universities. “First List of Archaeological excavation approval given by @ASIGoI for the year 2022-23. #excavation #archaeological #archaeologicalexcavation #ArchaeologicalSurveyofIndia,” it tweeted.

The list of 31 sites where the ASI will conduct excavations includes Purana Quila and Rakhigarhi in Haryana, where a new round of excavation has already begun. Other sites include the Bibi ka Maqbara in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, as well as the Church of St. Augustine, Old Goa, and areas along the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat.

The list of 16 sites, where excavation will be undertaken by the respective state governments, includes Pratima Garh and surrounding areas in Assam, as well as Vembakottai in Tamil Nadu. The sites to be excavated by universities include those along the Gomti River in Rudauli tehsil in Ayodhya district, Mahavan in Varanasi, and Kutch district.

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