The Archaeological Survey of India has decided to preserve the ancient structural remains revealed during the excavation at the old fort about 67 years ago. This was the first excavation in 1953 after the country became independent.
This excavation took place to locate Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas in the old fort. Keeping this objective in mind, excavation work was done in this fort also in 1969-1973. The work of digging both times was done under the leadership of renowned archaeologist Padmashree Bibi Lal. Now Prof. Bibi Lal has turned 100. A few days ago, Union Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel went to his house to celebrate his birthday.
The work of protection given to NBCC
The work of conservation of the excavation site has been given to National Building Construction Corporation Limited. NBCC will draft its plan and hand it over to ASI. NBCC will work under the permission and direction of ASI. Under the plan, a shed will be erected to cover the digging pits and information panels.
The length will be 150 meters and the width will be 50 meters. This shed will be constructed in such a way that it is not damaged in a strong storm or storm. It has also been told that information boards will be installed around the excavation site, on which information about the excavation will be provided.
The site of the old fort is connected with Indraprastha
Many historians and archaeologists believe that the site of the old fort is connected with Indraprastha. Which was the capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata period? Pro. Terracotta toys and painted bowls were found by Bibi Lal during excavations in 1953–54 and 1969–1973. Those were believed to date from 1200 to 800 BC.
The latest excavations took place in 2018, overseen by Vasant Kumar Swarnakar, who is now posted as Superintending Archaeologist at ASI Agra Circle. In 2018 Khodai also found evidence similar to that of Khodai in the past. In 2019, excavation was allowed again here, but it was later canceled due to non-commencement of work on time.
Explain that in 1955, archaeological excavations in the southeastern part of the old fort found fragments of some ceramics that matched the Mahabharata antiquities.
Excavations conducted by ASI showed that people lived here during the period of around 1,000 BCE. This is confirmed by the use of specific types of utensils and gray objects found in Kodai. Based on the remains of the pottery found in the excavations here, archaeologists believe that this place must have been the capital of the Pandavas.