The excavations at Adi Badri in Haryana revealed a 300 AD Kushan site. Excavations in Dholavira in Kutch revealed one the world’s oldest stadiums and sign boards. These are two sites along the path of the mythical Saraswati river. These excavations would have revealed more about our past, and answered questions like: Were the Harappans the Vedic people? Some eminent historians had already opposed these excavations as it was seen as an attempt to push the antiquity of Indian Civilization. But now there are indications that “The Saraswati Heritage Project” will be scrapped.
A pet project of the then culture minister Jagmohan, officials now indicate that it would be certainly axed. Yet, those involved with the Rs 4.98-crore project feel if this is done, it would be grossly unfair and a setback to archaeology and academics. “The Saraswati Heritage Project was not part of any saffronisation progr-amme,” clarifies R S Bisht, project director and former joint DG of ASI.
Instead, Bisht claims that the project is aimed at “settling the issues of different schools of thought” on the existence of the Saraswati. He says it is entirely based on scientific principles with stress on inter-disciplinary archaeological research in which the help of prestigious institutions like IITs and the Birbal Sahni Institution is being taken.
So far, excavation has already been undertaken in 10 places ? Adi Badri, Thanesar, Sandhauli, Bhirrana, Hansi (all in Haryana), Baror, Tarkhanwala Dhera, Chak 86 (all in Rajasthan), Dholavira and Juni Karan in Gujarat. The project’s action taken report claims that during the excavation, remains from the pre-Harappan, Harappan and even medieval times have been discovered. [Times of India]