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Government of India
Ministry of Culture
20-April-2015 17:31 IST
Excavation in search of Saraswati River

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had already conducted excavations under Saraswati Project since 2003 at following sites:

(i) Adibadri, District-Yamuna Nagar, Haryana

(ii) Thanesar, District Kurukshetra, Haryana

(iii) Bhirana, District- Fatehbad, Haryana

(iv) Hansi, District- Hissar, Haryana

(v) Baror, District- Ganganagar ,Rajasthan

(vi) Tarkhanwala Dera, District- Ganganagar, Rajasthan

(vii) Chak 86, District- Ganganagar,Rajasthan

(viii) Karanpura,District- Hanumangarh Rajasthan

(ix) Junikaran, District- Kachchha,Gujarat

(x) Khirsara, District- Kachchha, Gujarat.

However, several studies including explorations and excavations have been carried out both by the Government and non-governmental organizations along the palaeochannel, represented today by the Ghaggar river in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat. Some researchers have ascribed this palaeochannel to the Saraswati river mentioned in ancient Indian literature.

The excavation work at the ancient mounds of Binjore, District Ganganagar, Rajasthan during the field season 2014-1015 is in progress.

An expenditure of Rs. 27.00 lakh has been incurred for excavation at the ancient mounds of Binjore, District Ganganager (Rajasthan) up to March 2015.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to an unstarred question to the Lok Sabha.

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