Balasore: An archaeological excavation in a coastal village in the district of Balasore has revealed an urban civilization and the use of developed agricultural tools that are believed to be over 2,000 years old.
During the first phase of deep excavations carried out by the archaeological team from the village of Durgadevi in ââthe district, traces of prehistoric agricultural tools dating from around 4,000 years old and urban life of 2,400 years were found.
The find includes several materials from the Chalocolithic period, the Iron Age and the prehistoric era. The specimen of pottery of various colors, iron pots, terracotta ear studs, bracelets, beads, terracotta wheels, floors and walls of the houses were among the finds at the excavation site .
Archaeologists also recovered a map during excavations which indicated that the houses date back to the Chalcolithic period.
âThere was a human civilization that collapsed about 2000 years ago. But, we found strong evidence of the human society that existed there. The discovery ushered in a new chapter in the history of Odisha as well as India, âsaid Archaeologist Sunil Patnaik.
The locals said that Devi Durga on behalf of Gada Chandi was founded in 1839 in the locality.
âA lion statue was installed on a large piece of stone with the year ‘1839’ engraved on it. The urge for stone gradually deteriorated. So, it is believed to have been built by a former ruler and later installed by locals in front of the temple, âsaid Bigneswar Dwibedi, a priest at Durga temple.
It is believed that the site was a king’s fortress and that the materials found there during excavations are from the prehistoric age.
However, traces of the first historical period would be kept for future research, said Union Minister and local MP Pratap Sarangi.
âI would take it to the central government and try to make the place a tourist and historical significance. May more traces be discovered, âadded Sarangi.