On 19 April 2014, my friend who teaches history in a school and I went to Purana Qila. We had read news reports that the Archaeological Survey of India had opened the dig sites to the public for two days.
|The evening was lovely with the sun playing with the clouds to create a dramatic sky|
|We saw men hard at work, using brushes to carefully dust the layers without breaking any remains|
|There were others who used a special knife to scrape the soil without harming any pots, bones, etc. burried in the soil.|
|You can see the depth of levels till which the digging has been done.|
|This collection of pots was dug very recently.|
|The present and past vessels to store water|
|The pieces that were excavated were washed carefully. You can spot a bone in the pile above.|
|Once dried, each piece was coded using a nib-pen and black ink.|
|A small exhibition showcased some pieces that were dug from the site.|
|The paintings and the colour (hundreds of years old) still look bright and beautiful.|
|This piece of potery is believed to be dated to the Mughal period. This piece was my favourite from the lot because of the beautiful pattern.|
Though the site was open to the public there were certain parts of the exhibition where photography was restricted. But fortunately those photographs are available on the web.
|The audience sat in rapt attention, savouring the visuals and the engaging commentary.|
|The colours of the night were pure magic.|