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Purana Qila excavations reveal pre-Mauryan era settlement

  • Published
    31st May, 2023
  • Recent excavations at the site of Delhi’s Purana Qila have reveal pre-Mauryan era settlements.

What evidence has been found at the excavation site?

  • An excavation at the site of Delhi’s Purana Qila has uncovered evidence of the continuous history of the city since the pre-Mauryan era.


Belongs to

Dating Back

Vaikuntha Vishnu


900 year old

Goddess Gaja Lakshmi (Terracotta Plaque)


2,000 year ago

Ring Well (Terracotta)


2,500 year old

Shards of Painted Gray Ware pottery


1200 BC to 600 BC

Four-room complex, beads, seals, copper coins and a bone needle


2,300 years ago

  • Trade centre: According to the Ministry of Culture, more than 136 coins and 35 seals and sealings have been discovered from a small excavated area, indicating the site’s pivotal role as a centre for trade activities.
  • Historical Periods: These evidences have revealed nine cultural levels, representing different historical periods, including pre-Mauryan, Mauryan, Sunga, Kushana, Gupta, post-Gupta, Rajput, Sultanate, and Mughal.

The Purana Qila, built by Sher Shah Suri and Mughal emperor Humayun, is believed by many to be the site of Indraprastha, as mentioned in the Mahabharat.

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