Dholavira is India’s 40th UNESCO World Heritage site

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    On July 27th, 2021, Dholavira, a Harappan site – some historians also call this the Sindhu-Saraswati civilization – was given UNESCO World Heritage status.

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      Arjun Kumar
      Arjun Kumar
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      On July 27th, 2021, Dholavira, a Harappan site – some historians also call this the Sindhu-Saraswati civilization – was given UNESCO World Heritage status. Only the 3rd such place in Gujarat and the 40th in India to be given this status. The site has been excavated 13 times between 1990 and 2005 and has revealed itself to have been continually occupied between 3000 BCE (Before Common Era) and 1500 BCE.

      Ambuj Saxena GOG
      Ambuj Saxena GOG
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      The world heritage status a huge milestone for this site, tourism and archaeology in the region. Perhaps one day, people will also talk about the fact that Dholavira is the focal point of a large heritage zone of the Sindhu-Saraswati period, one of more than 60 such sites here- indicated by this map:

      Dholavira Map

      Arjun Kumar
      Arjun Kumar
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      I came across this description of the site by the archaeologist who led most of the excavations, Prof RS Bisht of the ASI. Here’s how he described the key aspects of the site (Source: The Frontline magazine, June 5th, 2010) –
      1. Dholavira’s long cultural sequence, documenting the rise and fall of the Indus civilisation over a period of 1,500 years
      2. Meticulous urban planning with mathematical precision
      3. Monumental architecture
      4. Huge stadium with terraced stands, which could have been used for manifold purposes such as organising sports, community gatherings or a market
      5. The uniqueness of its funerary features
      6. Discovery of a sandstone quarry from where sandstone was excavated, converted into huge architectural members and even exported to sites such as Harappa and Mohenjo-daro
      7. Amazing water management system with a series of reservoirs built around the built-up portions of the city but very much within the city’s fortification wall

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