Recently, archaeological evidence of a 1600-year-old permanent settlement has been found along the course of the Saraswati River, which has become extinct from Haryana.
This archaeological site has been discovered near Sandhai village (Yamuna nsagar district) of Haryana. It is related to the extinct settlements near the mythical Saraswati River.
The mythical river Saraswati is mentioned in ancient Hindu texts. This river is believed to have existed about 5,000 years ago, but became extinct underground due to earthquakes and other geological activities.
Evidence of settlement: Bricks, pottery and statue remains.
Religious Evidence: Stone temples built in Nagara style, classical evidence engraved on a pillar in addition to building materials related to the base of the structure, etc.
Time Period: The region has yielded Indo-Sassanian coins of the Sri-ha type, which were prevalent in the region in the 7th century.
The artefacts found here resemble artifacts from the post-Gupta period to the Gurjara-Pratihara Era (8th-9th century AD).
The period of this site can be between the Kushan period to the Gurjara-Pratihara period. However, some of the bricks are apparently from the Kushan period.
The actual duration of this site will be known only after the removal of vegetation from here, because at present it is located in a forest area.
Source – The Hindu