Some more information is out on the “Indian Government’s plan to dig up the path of the mythical Saraswati river”:http://www.newindpress.com/Newsitems.asp?ID=IEH20030725112452&Page=H&Title=Top+Stories&rLink=0
bq. “We are now planning to take up excavation along the entire (Saraswati) stretch from Adi Badri in Haryana to Dhaulavira in Gujarat,” he said.
bq. On the planned excavation along the dried up Saraswati, a tourism ministry official said it was expected to reveal abandoned towns and inhabitations from the Harappan civilisation dating well before 3000 BC. The desert region of Dhaulavira in Kutch, in close proximity to the sea, is believed to have been a major port city.
And in case you did not know, this is all part of the BJP agenda to “extend the antiquity”:http://varnam.org/blog/archives/000042.html of Indian Civilization which according to “Eminent Historians”:http://sandeep.blog-city.com/readblog.cfm?BID=35296 started only when Aryans invaded India.
In another archeological excavation in Kutch region in Gujarat “more articles”:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?artid=90546 were found giving more information on the trade we had with ancient Rome
bq. The digging has unearthed a treasure trove of archaeological artefacts?pottery, pieces of Roman period amphoras, an iron smelting foundry and evidence of human settlement dating back to about the 3rd century B.C., a contemporary of the Sunga-Kushana period.
bq. ?This is, no doubt, a very important find in Kutch, after the Harappan sites. It establishes the place as a major trade centre as well as its close contacts with the Roman world. The period when it flourished could be judged by distinct diagnostic traits like the brick size, structural remains and terracotta pottery with animal figurines,?? says head the archaeology department of M. University V.S. Sonawane.
3rd century BC was the time Alexander reached Punjab and Chanakya and Chandra Gupta Maurya established the first empire in India.