Raja Karna Ka Qila

AN ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE WITH REMAINS OF THREE CULTURAL PERIODS

RAJA KARNA KA QILA

Excavations in Kurukshetra have yielded the remains of three cultural periods ranging from 4th century BC to 3rd century AD.Period-I (4th century BC to 1st century BC) is represented by the ‘Painted Grey Ware’ of coarse fabric with beads of terracotta and semi-precious stones and other small antiquities of terracotta, bone etc. The two terracotta seals containing auspicious symbols (swastika, snake, ‘nandipad’ and crescent) are the important antiquities of this period.Period-II (1st century BC to 3rd century AD) this cultural period is represented by houses of mud and baked bricks, ‘Red Polished Ware’, stamped pottery, terracotta objects and a few clay sealings bearing legend in Brahmi scripts of early centuries of the Christian era.Period-III The whole complex seems to have formed part of a late medieval fortification (15th century AD). The remains of this period were identified on the northern fringe of the mound. It included houses, fortifications and a small house made of ‘Lakhauri’ bricks with lime plaster.

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