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Yet another fort discovered in the lost city of Chandravati

Udaipur : The team excavating at Chandravati has discovered another fort here in the outskirts of Abu Road. This fort is much larger than the previous one and protected on the east by a hillock which was discovered to be a watch tower. At the entrance of the fort was found an inscription of 12th century with depiction of a cow and calf, perhaps denoting donation. The epigraphic evidences housed in Mt. Abu museum and other places reveal that Chandravati was the capital township of Parmar kings of Abu branch. Therefore, it is likely that this fort may belong to the Parmar kings.

chandrawati“ The newly found fort is rectangular in shape on oriented north south and was measured 200x110m. It is has been strengthened by making several bastions and buttresses, which are round, squarish and pentagonal on plan” said Prof Jeevan Singh Kharakwal, the director of the Chandrawati  project.  This fort is located about 70m to the east of the previous one and has an entrance on its western arm. The western and southern arms are stronger compared to the eastern one. There is a very strong building inside the fort, a small part of which is exposed. It has survived up to a height of about 4m. There are remains of a step well located in the north western corner of the fort. It was perhaps source of water for king and his officers living inside the fort. “ So far three cultural phases have been identified in the main mound of Chandravati. Among these the first one appears to belong to 6th to 8th century AD, the second one 9th and 10th century and the third one was ranging from 11 to 15th century. These cultural periods have been identified on the basis of pottery and other minor objects. Thus altogether 7.50m thick cultural deposit has been discovered so far” Kharakwal said.  The excavation is a joint collaboration of Rajasthan Vidyapeeth University  and Department of Archaeology and Museums and the digging work in the second season too has come to an end.  “A large variety of objects such as terracotta figurines like horses, bulls, elephants, camels, bangles of glass and lac, beads of semi precious stone, lack and glass, a variety of metal objects, remains of glass bottles have been discovered. The intensive survey of the settlement of the site has revealed that the artisans were living on the southern margins of the township. On the western and south eastern area were discovered remains of about three dozen temples mostly raised on very high platform of bricks” said Dr. Vineet Godhal, the excavation officer of Archaeology Department. The excavators are interested to understand the town planning besides the major function of the township. Scientists have discovered a variety of cereals people were growing at Chandravati about 1000 years ago.

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