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3,500-year-old megalith burial sites found in India

Remote sensing imagery has led to the discovery of two megalith burial sites in India which date back 3,500 years.

Spread in an area of about 6-7 km, the megaliths can be of much historical importance and have potential of being converted into a heritage site. The megaliths were located using “quick bird” remote sensing satellite launched in 2007. MRSAC directorVinod Bothale tells that the satellite has a resolution of 60 cm and hence gives good imageries. The megaliths of Junapani like all burial sites in Nagpur and adjoining districts of Gadchiroli, Chandrapur and Bhandara districts in Vidarbha are made of basalt rocks. Basalt being black the megaliths appears as small black rings on the satellite image. The Junapani burial site has about 100-125 megaliths. “This is one of the most unique uses of remote sensing imagery,” Bothale said.

Deotale says since this is one of the lesser known but big burial site it has potential of being converted into a tourist spot. Since now it lies in Gorewada project, the forest and archaeological departments could preserve the place as a heritage site. She however admits that she is not sure whether the forest department is aware of the site and its importance. Unlike other known burial sites this place has no excavation history.

The other site located by her at Mahurjari has 7 burial sites with circular formations have earlier been excavated by Nagpur University’s archaeology department. It found copper vessels, pottery and human skeleton.

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