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Excavation in Wadali may change state history

The history of Gujarat may take a great turn in next few months if the next excavation planned by the state archaeology department at Wadali village near Patan city yields expected results in between December and January.

Written by KapilDave | Gandhinagar |
November 21, 2011 5:28:08 am

The history of Gujarat may take a great turn in next few months if the next excavation planned by the state archaeology department at Wadali village near Patan city yields expected results in between December and January.

Wadali is a small village on the right banks of River Saraswati,about 7 km west of Patan district town. It has been referred at Vatpalli in Jain literature. It was located on the western limit of the ancient fortified town of Patan.

Patan was known as Anhilwad Paten in the early medieval period which got prominence as a capital city of Gujarat under the Solanki dynasty. Tradition has that small village like Wadali had played a major role in the upsurge of Patan.

Y S Rawat,director of State Archaeology Department said,“We have submitted a proposal to the central board for approval of excavation at Wadali village near Patan. The site has huge potential and it may also replace Patan as the first developed capital of state. The site has not been excavated before,but the primary investigation reveals that the site has pre-Solanki and Chavda era as well as older civilisation evidences which date backs to the 8th century also. About 40 years ago,remains of Jains temple were discovered by local villagers here. We have planned to start excavation in December after getting approval from the Centre.”

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“The present proposal aims to understand the archaeology of the early medieval transition period in North Gujarat with the objectives to establish the cultural sequence of the ancient site to understand its growth in relation to the establishment of Patan,to study the site in relation to changing course of the River Sarasvati during different phases of its history and to understand the role of Wadli in the growth of Patan as the early medieval capital of Gujarat,” added Rawat.

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