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Harappan-era seal found in Rajasthan
Hindustan Times ^ | February 01, 2014 | Vanita Srivastava

Posted on 02/05/2014 8:13:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) last week unearthed a Harappan seal from Karanpura in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan. “The seal consists of two Harappan characters, with a typical unicorn as the motif and a pipal leaf depicted in front of an animal. There is a knob behind the seal,” says VN Prabhakar, superintending archaeologist, who led the ASI team.

Maintaining that the discovery ‘confirms’ that the site belongs to the mature Harappan period, the time when the civilization was at its peak (2600 BC to 1900 BC), he said: “A cubicle chert weight was also unearthed in a different house complex. Both the seal and the weight establishes that the people of this area participated in commercial transactions.”

We are collecting charcoal sample to date the habitation through radio carbon dating, he said. The excavation at Karanpura, which started in 2012, had earlier brought to light two broad cultural levels, namely the early and the mature Harappan age.

Besides artefacts, house complexes built of mud bricks of early Harappan and mature Harappan periods were also unearthed.

(Excerpt) Read more at hindustantimes.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: epigraphyandlanguage; godsgravesglyphs; harappan; india; karanpura; rajasthan
Harappan-era seal found in Rajasthan

1 posted on 02/05/2014 8:13:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 02/05/2014 8:13:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow. Amazing find.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 8:18:44 PM PST by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
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To: SunkenCiv

Totally weird!


4 posted on 02/05/2014 8:20:37 PM PST by MNDude
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To: SunkenCiv
A "typical" unicorn?

Just an average, run-of-the-mill everyday --- unicorn.

Well, al-righty then.

5 posted on 02/05/2014 8:44:13 PM PST by BlueDragon ("the fans are staying away from the ballpark...in droves" Yogi Berra)
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To: SunkenCiv

I see a crack in the block and a horse’s ear. I’m not seeing a unicorn here.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 8:49:26 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: SunkenCiv

The last time I studied about this civilization, the glyphs were not decipherable; does anyone know if that’s still the case?


7 posted on 02/05/2014 8:54:13 PM PST by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: chajin
the glyphs were not decipherable; does anyone know if that’s still the case?

It would appear this is an attempt to do just that. Don't you agree ?

Not that they have it correct or anything, but they are trying.

8 posted on 02/05/2014 9:15:50 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: SunkenCiv

It looks like a business card.

An advertisement for a local Horse Stable ?

Or the address “01 Unicorn and Fern” ?


9 posted on 02/05/2014 9:20:35 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: SunkenCiv

I didn’t know that unicorns wore high heels.


10 posted on 02/05/2014 9:21:54 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Inyo-Mono
I see a crack in the block and a horse’s ear. I’m not seeing a unicorn here.

You need to close one eye.

11 posted on 02/05/2014 9:23:54 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: SunkenCiv

HARRAPAN SEALS ON GOOGLE IMAGES

12 posted on 02/05/2014 9:44:36 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fascination with)
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To: UCANSEE2

I think those are western style boots. The horse appears to have been a line dancer.


13 posted on 02/05/2014 10:52:50 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: SunkenCiv

The seal of the owner named ‘Whilrake Asleaf’ by my deciphering.


14 posted on 02/05/2014 11:05:14 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: SunkenCiv

I think Sumer and Akkad are still considered the oldest civilizations though


15 posted on 02/06/2014 3:05:51 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: SunkenCiv
Very cool!
16 posted on 02/06/2014 6:04:41 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: chajin

Generally the Harappan seals are considered to be a form of writing; there’s a couple of computer science geeks who claim they’ve fed in all the seals and their program has determined that it *doesn’t* hide a language. Most regard the language expressed by the script as being agglutinative, which probably isn’t surprising, since a great big chunk of Asia (and some outliers, like Turkey) speaks agglutinative languages. The largest agglutinative population in modern India (I believe) is Dravidian, but I don’t believe anyone has linked spoken Dravidian with the seals. I’d be surprised if a bilingual is never found, and I’d also be surprised if Harappan doesn’t turn out to be a language isolate, more or less.


17 posted on 02/06/2014 4:42:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Inyo-Mono

“No more rhymes! I mean it!”

“Anybody want a peanut?”

“Ahh!”


18 posted on 02/06/2014 4:43:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I am sorry, I will not tarry.


19 posted on 02/06/2014 6:33:57 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (NRA)
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To: SunkenCiv
@SunkenCiv: thank you for the update! I would have guessed Dravidian to be the largest agglutinative group, given the general perception that they were the "indigenous" inhabitants. നന്ദി
20 posted on 02/06/2014 6:56:04 PM PST by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: chajin

:’)


21 posted on 02/07/2014 4:01:45 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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