Rare Roman coins found in India

Rare Roman coins found in India

The Department of Archeology and Ancient History of the University of Mysore is directing archaeological scientific excavations in Haluru near Anuvanahalli in Shivani hobli, Tarikere taluk, Chikmagalur district.

Have been discovered prehistoric and early history evidence with the help of M P Mahadevaiah, G Kariyappa, an academic research team and graduate students with more than two and a half months.

The Haluri site came to light in 1990-91 when A V Jayanna, a farmer from Anuvanahalli sent some antiques through Rajappa Dalvayi, a former research fellow at the University of Mysore. Since then, it has been a field work every yearat my own expense and we started the scientific excavation on March 7 with the help of 60 students and academics, says the director of the Anuvanahalli excavations, N S Rangaraju.

After the first Channdravalli excavations at Anuvanahalli, four Roman silver coins have been recovered. Several pieces of pottery have also been discovered at the site. Another important discovery at Anuvanahalli are the stone weights of different size and weight, He says.

In the Chikmagalur district, from 1881 to 1896, Robert Bruce Foote led archaeological explorations in Kadur, Lingdahalli, Nidaghatta, Sakkarepatna and Kaldurga and discovered some hand axes and other paleolithic objects.

These are the first archaeological scientific excavations carried out in the Chikmagalur district and the results are as follows.

For the first time a cultural sequence has been scientifically excavated in the district. The 35 acres of land have been used continuously with agricultural motifs. So the archaeological evidence has been terribly disturbed.

Prehistoric antiquities of Mesolithic culture in the form of microlithic quartz tools with core and raw materials from 1200-800 BC.

Neolithic culture.

More than 20 polished stone axes, pieces of pots, gray and black ashes and terracotta stones have been found. All these antiques belong to the 800-400 BC.

Megalithic culture.

This is also called the iron page. But the antiques they are broken into pieces except the terracotta beads, the black and red ceramic pieces. Date from between the years 400 before Christ and 100 after Christ.

Early historical culture.

There was a good establishment of the early historical culture such as the Shathavahana story in Haluru or Chandravalli and Brahmagiri in the Chitradurga district and Maski in the Raichur district. The antiquities of this culture date from between 100 BC to 300 AD.

More than 30 currencies of the Shathavahana culture have been excavated and all of them are in good condition with the emblem of the swastika, the chaitya, elephant, bull and horse. They can be classified to beginning and end of the Shathavahana period found objects: terracotta figurines, broken painted Kaovlin vessels covered with reddish, red, black, black and red pieces of vessels, terracotta beads, semi-precious stones, ivory, bones, pieces of ivory bracelets.

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