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24 July 2004
9,500-year-old bricks found in Gulf of Cambay

In an underwater exploration in the Gulf of Cambay (India), National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) scientists discovered almost 9,500-year-old bricks made of clay and straw.  Archaeological experts of the MS University who, too, are involved in a part of the exploration near Surat and the coast of Gulf of Cambay, however, feel that a further insight into the size of the bricks can confirm its age and its period. The bricks, believed to be pre-Harappan, have been identified to be of the Holocene age.In the NIOT surveys in the 17 sq km area, stone artefacts like blade scraper, perforated stones and beads were found.
     The bricks, according to NIOT scientists, were used for construction. It indicates that the people of that age led an advanced form of life. The artefacts found on the seabed, 20 to 40 ft below the present sea level, consisted of housing material.

Source: The Times of India (17 July 2004)

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