Indian culture is overrated

9,000 year old traces of a lost culture discovered in India

The Gulf of Cambay is of great archaeological interest, as not only the Harappa culture but also another? the Dwaraka culture? was settled. However, the archaeological investigations take place here under difficult conditions, as the tides are very noticeable.

The marine scientists at the National Institute of Ocean Technology in Madras make do with recording acoustic images and using dredgers to retrieve objects. One of those salvaged items? a piece of wood with deep cracks? could be estimated to be over 9,000 years old with the help of radiocarbon dating.

The Indian Minister of Ocean Technology, Murli Manohar Joshi, spoke to journalists about the occurrence of not only symmetrical, man-made objects, but also of an old river bed on the seabed that stretches for nine kilometers and on whose former shores artifacts have been found. Critics, on the other hand, are skeptical and point out that the minister has often overestimated signs of early Indian culture. Others are reluctant to ask for more scientific research before drawing any conclusions.

The Harappa culture, which is named after the first city discovered in this culture, belongs to the Indus culture. The Indus culture is one of the largest, but also one of the most puzzling cultures of antiquity. She has been known since the early twenties of the 20th century.

It is known that the people of this culture traded with the known peoples of the world at that time, such as the Mesopotamians, and that they already had a script. However, this remains one of the great riddles of archeology to this day. Since the vast majority of inscriptions are on seals and amulets, most language monuments are very short. The script is not alphabetical, but rather a character font, and scientists disagree about the total number of characters. So far, this culture can be found from around the 3rd millennium BC. To prove with certainty. Traces dating back to around 7,000 BC. Referring to this culture would be a sensation.

January 21, 2002