Pottery links Vadnagar to Gangetic plains

Pottery links Vadnagar to Gangetic plains

Pottery links Vadnagar to Gangetic plainsVADNAGAR: The excavation carried out by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Vadnagar may throw up a link between PM Narendra Modi’s home town and his parliamentary constituency in Varanasi. The link is that of Northern Black Polished Ware(NBPW) shards which originated in the areas of current Uttar Pradesh and Bihar around 7th century BC in Gangetic plains.The excavation at Vadnagar, first by state archaeology department in 2000s and later by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) since 2015 provide a glimpse into the town’s history of continuous habitation for past 2,000 years.
One of the discoveries in this season of excavation by ASI include pottery shards, believed to be Northern Black Polished Ware (NBPW). Widely used in Gangetic plains in 7th to 5th century BC, it is marked by lustrous dark grey to black material used for a wide variety of utensils – ranging from cooking pots to dishes and bowlsDr Amol Kulkarni, an expert in ancient pottery from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, said, “NBPW found from Vadnagar might date back to 1st-2nd century AD. Archaeological sites in Gujarat and Maharashtra do show NBPW in this period, centuries after it was developed in the north. It also points towards trade or cultural link between Gujarat and Gangetic plains,” he said.

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