The excavation of Buddhist relics dating back to the post-Gupta period in Moghalmari near Dantan in West Midnapore district of West Bengal has been going on for about a decade. It has picked up pace in the last few years after the state’s Directorate of Archaeology and Museums took over the work.
Coins, Buddhist figures, terracotta seals and pottery shards have been discovered. Importantly, the site hosts a big Buddhist stupa which is being slowly dug out. The figurines and decorations on the walls of the stupa have excited archaeologists as these have been found to have the artistic finesse of the stupas in Nalanda, Vikramshila, Paharpur (in Bangladesh) and Karnasuvarna (in Murshidabad district), which are some of the best in the world. Archaeologists are also almost certain that Moghalmari is the oldest archaeological site in West Bengal. We had covered the Moghalmari excavations in an earlier article on this website.
To let people know about these exciting discoveries, the state government is organising an exhibition of pictures of the articles recovered and of the excavations at Gaganendra Shilpa Pradarshashala in the Rabindra Sadan Complex in Kolkata from September 12 to 15.
The exhibition, in fact, would not just be about Moghalmari. Pictures and voiceovers would present all archaeological discoveries which have been made in the state in recent years. Discoveries by all agencies – be it the state’s Directorate of Archaeology, other government agencies or private organisations – would be part of the exhibition.
On the last day, that is, September 15, a discussion would be organised on the discoveries made by different archaeological organisations in the state.
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