More than 15,000 artifacts collected by fishermen at remote Gobardhanpur area of Sundarbans, the largest delta of the world, have uncovered an ancient large human settlements at the sea brushed zone.
The exploration team of the Directorate of Archaeology, West Bengal, have confirmed human settlements in the area during 3rd century BC to 3 AD. Excavation will start in the densely covered forest area as early as possible, sources said.
The antiquities discovered include thousands of pottery fragments, terracotta human figure, figures of domestic and wild animals, pieces of weapons and fossilized bones. But, bricks from the early historic period, remnants of clay pyres and water filter in the saline water zone indicate the state of development of the human settlements.
Archaeological experts admit that the discovery challenges the established claim that the inaccessible Sundarbans were first brought under human habitation by the British during their colonial rule in India from 18th century onwards. Gautam Sengupta, Director of State Archaeology, has opined that " the antiquities clearly point out to a much older indigenous civilization."