Explained: The five ‘iconic’ archaeological sites mentioned in the Budget

News: The Government has proposed to set up an Indian Institute of Heritage and Conservation under the Ministry of Culture, and develop five archaeological sites as “iconic sites” with onsite museums.


RakhigarhiHissar, Haryana·         One of the most prominent and largest sites of the Harappan civilisation
HastinapurMeerut, Uttar Pradesh·         finds mention in the Mahabharata and the Puranas·         most significant discoveries made at this site was of the “new ceramic industry”, which was named the Painted Grey Ware
SivsagarAssam·         Served as the capital of the Ahom Kingdom from 1699 to 1788. Various constructions and artifacts belonging to the kingdom have been discovered
Dholavira Khadir island of the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat·         One of the sites of Harappan Civilization
AdichnallurThoothukudi, Tamil Nadu·         Famous for discovery of an ancient Tamil-Brahmi script on the inside of an urn containing a full human skeleton, a fragment of a broken earthenware, and the remains of living quarters.