Possible new Indus Valley Civilization finds





LAHORE, Pakistan -- A team of American, Pakistani and Japanese archaeologists has claimed the discovery of rare objects in the Cholistan Desert, raising hopes of the presence of ruins identical to the [ancient Indus Valley] civilizations of Mohenjodaro and Harappa.

Archaeologists from Wisconsin, the Research Institute of Humanities and Nature, Tokyo and the Department of Archaeology, Punjab University, say they have discovered a rare copper seal, a terracotta block, three wedge-shaped bricks, pottery with distinct potter marks and four unicorns from the dried-out channel of the Hakra river...

Talking to the Dawn, Dr. Masih said that the copper seal dates back to 2000-2500 B.C., and added that the study of the seal would hopefully reveal interesting features.

“This is the first time that a copper seal has been found in Cholistan, whereas the earlier explorers Aurel Stein and Dr Rafique Mughal could not find any such seal throughout their combing of Cholistan in 1925 and 1974-77,” said Dr. Masih...

From the same area, Dr Masih said, a terracotta tablet with three pictographs on one side and a yogi on the other side made the entire complex very interesting from iconographical point of view...

He said four unicorns were slightly different from unicorns earlier found in Harappa.



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