Haryana Archaeologists Discover: ‘Bones from cooked meat found at Harappan site’

Sumita Mishra, principal secretary, Haryana Archaeology and Museums Department, said they have decided to send three types of samples — soil, bones and charcoal — from the site for testing.

Written by SUKHBIR SIWACH | Chandigarh | Published: May 27, 2017 4:14 am
harappan civilisation, harappa, haryana archaeologists, india news The ongoing excavation at one of the oldest ‘Harappan sites’ in Kunal. (Source: Express Photo)

ARCHAEOLOGISTS FROM the Haryana government have claimed to have found bones from cooked meat at an ongoing excavation in one of the oldest “Harappan sites” in Kunal, which they say could provide clues to the dietary habits of that time.

The bone samples are yet to be tested, but the archaeologists involved in the excavation say they may belong to Nilgai or breeds of cattle, including buffalo. ”Examination of the samples will reveal clues to what type of animals the people of that era used to keep at their homes, and what their food habits were,” said a senior official of Haryana Archaeology and Museums Department.

“We found burnt bones at the spot. It appears that people at this site were non-vegetarian. But the question that needs to be answered is whether they used to eat the meat of domestic or wild animals,” said the official. Speaking to The Indian Express, Sumita Mishra, principal secretary, Haryana Archaeology and Museums Department, said they have decided to send three types of samples — soil, bones and charcoal — from the site for testing.

”We have decided to send charcoal samples to the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences in Lucknow for testing and radiocarbon dating (to determine the age),” said Mishra. The department has also called an expert from Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute in Pune to analyse samples of bone and soil. The archaeologists hope that soil samples will help understand the environmental conditions of the era. “The recovery of water-borne deposits indicate that a river was flowing through here,” said an official.

Mishra said the excavation at Kunal in Fatehabad district, if validated, could push the early Harappan timeline back “by at least 1,000 years”. The excavation work was started under the supervision of officials from the archaeology departments of the state and Centre. An agreement for the excavation was recently signed by the Haryana Archaeology and Museums Department, the Indian Archaeological Society and National Museum, New Delhi.

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  1. B
    May 27, 2017 at 9:57 pm
    Hope this finding goes well with the right wingers and this(research trajectory)) is allowed to take its own independent path without any political influence whatsoever!
    1. P
      Pradip Kumar Bhattacharjee
      May 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm
      Hindu used to eat non veg . If RSS & BJP used to project Hindu as veg eater then they are living in fools paradise. I am a Brahman ,i eat fish,chicken,egg from my childhood & my g father was a strong RSS supporter. Everyone should have liberty in a democratic country to eat as per their choice.
      1. S
        Sanjay Bhatt
        May 28, 2017 at 11:42 pm
        Pradip have some life the fact that being a Brahman you are eating non-veg from your childhood only proves that Hindu culture is flexible btw nobody stops anybody to eat whatever they want , do you think people peep at your home to see what are you eating, Hinduism is not only flexible but also tolerant I do agree off lately some shameless politicians have tarnish Hindu religion for votes etc...but we being common people should understand eat whatever you feel the best without giving trouble to anyone...
      2. K
        May 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm
        Meat eating has never been prohibited in Hinduism (Sanatn Dharm).If you read epics, all Kings and heros and even avatars were hunting, surely they were not hunting just for fun Hinduism, food is categorized in three types according to effect on body and mind, in which meat and some other foods are considered "TAMSIK". TAMSIK foods are not prohibited, they are just not suitable for certain people i.e.those seeking spiritual enlightenment.They are fine to be eaten by those for whom they would be useful i.e.warriors.As far as cow is concerned it has become a matter of cultural and religious iden y and therefore, in today's context,it is very important for Hindus.People belonging to other religions should not see Hinduism as they see their own religion,that if a practice was prevalent or not prevalent a few thousand years ago, it must be followed today, Hinduism is a fluid and flexible way of life and not a dogmatic cult.
        1. M
          May 27, 2017 at 11:54 am
          OMG! The harappan people were anti-nationals???
          1. R
            Rajveer Singh
            May 27, 2017 at 11:24 am
            Meat? OMG Hindus at those days were meat eaters.....another controversial discovery
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