State to dig mound with ‘Gupta coins’

The Department of Archaeology and Museums of the state government has recommended trial digging of the mound at Baidpur

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Kolkata | Published: June 17, 2013 2:31 am

The Department of Archaeology and Museums of the state government has recommended trial digging of the mound at Baidpur in Murshidabad district soon where coins,reportedly belonging to 4th century AD Gupta age,were found.

A four-member team from the department,headed by deputy secretary Amal Roy,had visited the area last week to examine the mound after more than 50 coins reportedly dating back to the reign of Chandragupta II and Samudragupta were found in the soil. The team has already submitted its report to the state government.

“There is a than (an uncovered place of worship) of Shellkali (a local form of Goddess Kali) on the mound,which acts as a deterrent to the local people,and they usually avoid digging up and taking the soil for sale. However,even the than could not prevent people from digging the area. We have examined the place and have recommended for its trial digging soon,’’ Roy told The Indian Express.

He added that the team also found terracotta and other artefacts from the 3rd and 4th century. “We have brought the soil for testing. We have also suggested that the 11 recovered coins be kept at the department’s museum in Behala instead of the district treasury where they are kept at now,’’ Roy said.

The rest of the coins unearthed on May 31,when the widening of the National Highway 34 at Ahiran was being carried out,were looted by the local villagers and the labourers present there. These coins,according to unconfirmed reports,have already been sold to unscrupulous traders.

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