Haryana is all set to become home to the world’s largest museum of Harappan culture. Rakhigarhi is a village in Hisar district of Haryana, situated some 150 km from Delhi. The village is also a famous archaeological site from the Indus Valley civilisation period.
On 11 September Chief Minister of the state Manohar Lal Khattar reviewed the ongoing construction work. He also instructed the officials of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to finish the excavation work as soon as possible. As per officials, the museum will display some 5000-year-old Indus Valley artifacts.
For those who don’t know, the village of Rakhigarhi was part of the Indus Valley Civilisation from 2600-1900 BC. Not only this, the place was one of the largest settlements of the ancient civilisation located in the Ghaggar-Hakra River plain. However, the site remains largely unexcavated and only about five percent of the village has been excavated till date.
Rakhigarhi’s archaeological evidences are available in two villages, namely Rakhi Khas and Rakhi Shahpur. It was in 1963 that the ASI first started digging up a village. Till 1998, some 56 skeletons have been discovered in the Rakhigarhi region. Among these, two skeletons of women were about 7000 years old. Along with this, a number of shell bangles, a copper mirror and semi-precious stone beads were found in the hands of both the skeletons.