Dholavira, a happy Update



I am copying here a happy announcement by Prof Michel Danino and an equally happy acknowledgement by Dr S Kalyanaraman,both of whom are very well known to Medhavis:

Great work, Michel. Kudos to Prabhakar, RS Bisht and ASI Teams who have worked on the proposal with UNESCO for the last 7 years to get the site listed under UNESCO label.
Sarasvati Civilization shines forth with Dholavira’s proclamation on a signboard — the first of its kind in any civilization. The breathtaking discovery is a treat to watch on youtube.Indus Script Rosetta stone discovered at Dholavira (6:01)

Best wishes for success with ongoing projects.

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Michel Danino <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2021, 06:57
Subject: Dholavira inscribed on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites
To: Faculty <[email protected]>, Archaeological Sciences Centre <[email protected]>
Dear All,
You may have seen the happy news of Dholavira’s recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Credit goes to Archaeological Survey of India for working through the long process of inscription, and to Prabhakar in particular for preparing the massive report that ASI submitted to UNESCO.
Our Archaeological Sciences Centre has conducted several projects at Dholavira, including an aerial multi-sensor drone survey of the site (for ASI, which used some of the imagery in its report), a study of the stone bead-drilling techniques, of ceramics and microlithic tools excavated from Dholavira, of the metrology behind its town-planning, and a Ground Penetrating Radar study at a few locations. Currently, two projects are running: a study of Dholavira’s faunal remains and a DST-funded project (with our colleagues in Earth Sciences and Civil Engineering, besides in PRL) studying the impact of sea level fluctuations, climate change or tectonic activity on Dholavira’s decline. A couple more projects are being formulated and will be submitted soon.
Best regards,

Michel Danino, Visiting Professor, HSS
IIT Gandhinagar

Email: [email protected]

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2 Replies to “Dholavira, a happy Update”

  1. In the 7th volume out of 14 of the Sarasvati Civilization by Dr Kalyanaraman, he discusses in detail the language and culture of that civilization. His contention, based on painstaking research is that Meluha was a language union of all Bharatiya languages. It was the spoken dialect of artisans/seafaring merchants of Sarasvati Sindhu Civilization. All the tablets and seals of metal alloys from various parts of civilization tell stories of artisans and metal workers through hieroglyphs. They also indicate that words used in all Indian languages have same roots. Genetic affinities of all Bharatiyas have been conclusively established by various other studies. The migrations of people within India is evident. Dr Kalyanaraman concludes that the Civilization always promoted wealth creation for the Nation and that the Indus script was used for trade and accounts by karnis or kulkarnis who kept an account of business transactions. The excavations at various sites indicates the presence of a common culture, common lifestyle. So the sites should not be seen in isolation, the archaeological evidence of the entire civilization was uniform. The widespread area was like a huge commercial complex and people migrated from one place to other for commercial activities.
    The Dholavira signboard is able to convey enough evidence to him of being the Rosetta stone he has been looking for. The makers of the video, while being sufficiently impressed by the board do not decipher the hieroglyphs the same way.

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