|The trip to The Purana Qila had been a wonderful experience. The Purana Qila is situated in New Delhi, right next to the National Zoological Park. The citadel here dates back to the 1530ís. It is believed to be one the oldest settlements of Delhi or during 1500s, Indraprastha.
Many items were excavated from this site. We were shown the beads which were made of terracotta, dating back to 1500 B.C. The marks on the dice were associated with the Indira Dhwaj which belongs to the Kushan Period. We were told that earlier, the dice were in the shape of cuboids and were from the early Kaushan Period. We were introduced to a rare Brahmavanti, which is nothing but the seal from the Gupta period. Beads in the shape of a miniature pot were also excavated. An ear stud is a very heavy ear ornament in the South Indian Culture and the stud found from here belongs to the Mauryan Period. The Lord Vishnu Idol, which had made many headlines because of its rareness, was also shown to us. It had face of The Lord Ganesha at the right and Nandi at the left. It is popularly called as the Hari-Har and the Sangnath Pratima. It belongs to 17th century.
One prominent feature of excavations of Maurya and the Sunga period is the head gear on the idolís face. A bull with a hump as a toy belongs to the Kaushan Period. We were surprised to see that at time Gupta Period too there were stamps printed on the utensils. Earlier the jewellery bones were made of sandstone.
Identification of all excavations is a very tough job. You may be thinking that how and archaeologist identifies to which period the items belongs to. Well. They identify through the dimensions and the quality. For example, if the face is circular, the it belongs to the Kaushan Period and if oval the it belongs to the Sung a Period. Idols with big limbs are a characteristic of Kaushan Period and if the idol is perfect from all aspects, then it obviously belongs to the Gupta Period.