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2,000-year-old glass-making furnace found in India

A glass-making furnace dating back 2,000 years has been found in Pasimedu, India.

Speaking to TOI, K Rajan, head, department of History, Pondicherry University, said they had started excavation in the Porunthal village on the left bank of the Porunthal river, near Palani, under a project funded by the Central Institute of Classical Tamil and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). They had made three trenches and collected over 2,000 glass beads. The beads are of various colours. A mound in this region called pasimedu’ (mound of beads) was found to be covering an Iron Age’ grave dating back to 500 B.C., that is 2,500 years ago.

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