Published On: Thu, Apr 16th, 2015

Archaeologists find skeletons dating back to the Harrapan era at Rakhigarhi

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Experts believe Rakhigarhi an even bigger excavation site than Mohenjo Daro

Archaeologists in India have found a group of skeletons from one of the world’s most ancient civilisations, in a discovery which could provide clues to the origins of the first human settlements.

The remains date back to the Indus Valley Civilisation, which first emerged around 5,000 years ago and stretched across modern-day Pakistan, India and northeast Afghanistan.

Experts say the “well-preserved” skeletons belong to two adult males, a female and a child. They were discovered in a cemetery at Rakhigarhi village in Hisar, a large Indus Valley (also known as Harappan) site that has been worked on by a team from Deccan University since 2012.

Regardless of the outcome of the DNA research, scholars already say the find has shed new light on the Indus Valley people.
Researcher Malavika Chatterjee said toys were found during the excavation including “figurines of animals and mythical characters”.

The well-preserved skeletons were discovered in sandy soil, and the joint team of scientists from Deccan College, the Haryana Archaeology Department, and Seoul National University in South Korea will attempt to collect DNA samples from the bones. “The skeletons of two adult males, a female, and a child have been found. With the help of forensic experts, we will try to reconstruct their DNA,” Nilesh Jadhav, co-director of the project, told The Tribune of India.

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