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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Archaeological dig at Purana Qila


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.

We ended our trip to Purana Qila by staying for the Light and Sound Show called, Ishq-e-Dilli. You can see a post on the show done earlier, here.

The audience sat in rapt attention, savouring the visuals and the engaging commentary.

The colours of the night were pure magic.


You can read more about it here.


2 comments:

SH -ic said...

looks very interesting ..

Sonia said...

Lovely!!

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