Archaeology

  • Antique idols brought to Chennai 4 days ago

    Chennai: Two antique statues of Hindu deities, allegedly stolen from temples here before being sold to art galleries in Australia, returned home on Thursday. The statues of Nataraja and Ardhanariswara were handed over by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the former's India visit last week. ...
  • Chhattisgarh to work for making Sirpur a world heritage site June 17, 2014

    Chhattisgarh's Culture and Tourism department has asked its officials to prepare a special action plan for making Sirpur, known for its archaeological importance, a 'world heritage site'. While reviewing the work of Culture and Archaeological Department in Raipur on Monday, state culture and tourism minster Ajay Chandrakar asked to collect articles...
  • Kedarnath temple committee unhappy with ASI restoration work June 16, 2014

    The Kedarnath temple committee has expressed dissatisfaction over the restoration work being carried out by ASI at the shrine which was damaged in last year's flash floods in Uttarakhand, but the government agency has squarely rejected these claims. Ganesh Godiyal, president of Badri Kedar Temple Committee, has said that the Archaeological...
  • ASI to install lightening conductor over Humayun's Tomb June 1, 2014

    Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will install a makeshift lightening conductor over the dome of Humayun's Tomb, after a massive storm struck down its finial rendering the world heritage "vulnerable". After Friday's massive thunderstorm, the monument's "crown" carrying the lightening conductor for Tomb's safety, and an "auspicious symbol" were dislodged leaving...
  • World Heritage Day: Agra residents show no pride to Taj city's rich historical legacy April 18, 2014

    While World Heritage Day was celebratd globally on Friday, Agra's residents seem unconcerned and indifferent to the Taj city's rich historical legacy. Even with three World Heritage monuments and two more, Akbar's tomb at Sikandra and Etmauddaula, in the pipeline, the people in Agra displayed no sense of pride in their...
  • Now explore Taj Mahal in 360 degrees on Google Street View February 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Enthusiasts can now explore 360 degree online imagery of 30 Indian heritage sites, including the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar and Red Fort, which were released by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Google. The launch was the result of Google and ASI's joint initiative to make 100 of...
  • UP treasure hunt yielded glass bangles, bones: Union minister February 12, 2014

    Glass bangles, iron nails and bones make up all that was yielded in the dig at the site in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh where a seer had claimed a treasure of gold was buried, Parliament was told on Wednesday. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha on the dig carried...
  • Taj Mahal to remain closed on Fridays in compliance with SC orders: ASI January 28, 2014

    The Archaeological Survey of India on Tuesday said the Taj Mahal will remain closed on Fridays in compliance with Supreme Court orders. The monument will remain closed once a week in compliance with the orders of the apex court, Superintending Archaeologist of ASI (Agra Zone) N K Pathak said on Tuesday. He...
  • Bihar's Bodh Gaya temple dome inlaid with gold November 28, 2013

    The dome of Bodh Gaya's 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, has been inlaid with nearly 300 kg gold donated by devotees from Thailand - giving the shrine a new look. "A team of technical experts from Thailand has completed work to gold-plate the dome and final touches were given to...
  • ASI stops restoration work of Kedarnath temple due to snowfall November 20, 2013

    The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has stopped restoration work of Kedarnath Temple, which was ravaged by the flashflood in June, after the doors of the sanctum sanctorum was closed due to snowfall and severe winter. "The structural conservation as well as chemical preservation work has been stopped since November 2...
  • Restoring Kedarnath temple: Phase one ends November 19, 2013

    The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Tuesday said it has completed the first phase of restoration work on the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand that was damaged in floods and landslides in June. Conservation work for structural as well as chemical preservation at the 11th century temple was taken up by...
  • Unnao gold hunt: Union Minister promoting "superstition", says JD(U) October 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Terming the ongoing gold hunt in Unnao "ridiculous", JD(U) on Monday threatened to file a police case against Union Minister Charan Das Mahant for promoting the alleged superstition and noted that the the seer who had claimed he had had a dream about the supposed treasure should ideally...
  • Uttar Pradesh: People gather in Unnao to watch treasure hunt October 18, 2013

    The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has started the excavation work at the Unnao fort of former king Raja Ram Bux Singh on Friday to search for 1,000 tonnes of gold reportedly buried under it. ...
  • Narendra Modi rakes up black money, mocks government over Unnao excavation October 18, 2013

    Raking up the issue of black money, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, on Friday, targeted the government for being unable to bring back the money stashed by Indian "thieves and looters" in foreign banks. He raised the issue while mocking at the excavation being conducted by the Archaeological Survey of...
  • SC agrees to hear PIL to monitor ASI's excavation for gold in Unnao October 18, 2013

    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a PIL seeking court monitoring of the digging being undertaken by the Archaeological Survey of India for gold in Daundia Khera village in UP's Unnao district. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, however, refused to give an urgent hearing and asked...
  • UP: Hunt for 1000 tonnes of gold treasure in Unnao begins today October 18, 2013

    Unnao: Uttar Pradesh will witness it's very own gold rush on Friday. A team of the Archaeological Survey of India is all set to begin excavations at a Unnao fort of former king Raja Ram Bux Singh on Friday after a sadhu dreamt about 1,000 tonnes of gold buried under...
  • Sage dreams of gold to save economy, government starts digging October 15, 2013

    New Delhi: The government is digging for treasure after a civic-minded Hindu village sage dreamt that 1,000 tonnes of gold was buried under a ruined palace, and wrote to tell the central bank about it. The state Archaeological Survey of India has sent a team of archaeologists to the village of...
  • Fossilised birds found in wall of 177-year-old school October 8, 2013

    Kolkata: Fossils of 17 birds were found buried in a wall during renovation of a 177-year-old school building in Kolkata, with the Zoological Survey of India suggesting that they are the remains of a species of crows. The fossilised remains were found during renovation of La Martiniere for Boys School in Kolkata,...
  • Thailand firm to gold plate Mahabodhi Temple's dome August 5, 2013

    A Thailand-based company has begun work to inlay with gold the dome of Bodh Gaya's 1,500-years old Mahabodhi temple. Kreing Thavorn Containers Co Ltd is doing the work, said N Dorjee, secretary of the Bodh Gaya temple management committee. Dorjee said some Buddhist pilgrims of Thailand first made the offer a year...
  • ASI team to visit Kedarnath shrine to assess damage June 29, 2013

    Dehradun: A team of experts from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will visit the Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand to assess the quantum of damage caused by the flood fury and restoration required for the shrine. A team of five experts from Dehradun and Delhi will be the part of the...
  • Kochi Biennale: Afghan uses archaeology to show migration December 4, 2012

    Kochi: Archaeology has become a tool of interactive art for Afghan artist Amanullah Mojadidi, who is working on a multi-media land installation art at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale beginning on Dec 12. Amanullah has replicated an archaeological dig - on an 8x10 sq ft plot of land - at the Aspinwall...
  • Oil spill cleanup turns up trove of Indian relics July 17, 2011

    Caminada Headland: Cleanup after the BP oil spill has turned up dozens of sites where archaeologists are finding human and animal bones, pottery and primitive weapons left behind by pre-historic Indian settlements - a trove of new clues about the Gulf Coast's mound dwellers more than 1,300 years ago. But...
  • Cats inspired Egypt's Pharaonic fashion rage May 31, 2011

    Cairo: A breed of cat called the Egyptian mau worshipped in the days of Pharaohs had been a source of inspiration for Egypt's Pharaonic fashion, says an expert. These cats were considered sacred at the time, and were worshipped and immortalized through many of the ancient Egyptians' artifacts and temples. "When you...
  • Mud facial for Taj Mahal in the offing January 5, 2011

    Lucknow: The Taj Mahal will look more bright and beautiful in days to come as the Archaeological Survey of India is planning to give it a cleansing mud facial. The 17th century architectural marvel will be covered with a layer of the beautifying 'multani mitti' (fuller's earth) and once the mud...
  • Study uncovers details of cave temple architecture October 27, 2010

    Tiruchirappalli: An archaeological study in Tamil Nadu has thrown light on interesting facets of cave temple architecture during the Pandyas-Pallavas reign, besides uncovering musical inscriptions engraved on some temples. The study has revealed that cave temples of the Pandyas and the feudatories exhibited several cult images of Ananthasayi (Lord Vishnu),...
  • Crumbling heritage: Konark temple develops cracks October 15, 2009

    Bhubaneshwar: Konark temple, a world heritage site visited by lakhs of tourists every year is a magnificent example of Ganga dynasty architecture. However, this world famous structure is crumbling to dust. At least five big cracks have developed in the 13th century monument and stones from it keep falling off....
  • Archaeologists discover 1,700-year-old footprints October 15, 2009

    Tel Aviv: Israeli archaeologists have found the 1,700-year footprints of people working on a mosaic during the times that the Romans were ruling the region. The imprints of bare feet and sandals - sized 34, 37, 42 and 44 - were discovered under the Lod Mosaic, one of the largest and...
  • Over 100 human skeletons recovered in UP village September 23, 2009

    Lucknow: Over 100 human skeletons have been recovered in the span of one week from a field in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri district, officials said on Wednesday. The incident came to light on September 18 when Vishram, a resident of Badhra village, started levelling a piece of...
  • 4,500-year-old skeleton of warrior found in Italy August 2, 2009

    Rome: A roughly 4,500 year-old skeleton of a man, probably a warrior killed by an arrow to the chest, has been discovered on a beach south of Rome, Italian police said. The well-preserved skeleton, dubbed "Nello", was found during a routine flyover around areas of archaeological interest in May that...
  • Ancient mass grave found on UK Olympics site June 12, 2009

    London: An ancient burial pit containing 45 severed skulls, that could be a mass war grave dating back to Roman times, has been found under a road being built for the 2012 British Olympics. Archaeologists, who have only just begun excavating the site, say they do not yet know who the...