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Archaeologists say no evidence of ancient university in Moulvibazar

  • Published at 07:00 pm July 27th, 2020
Archaeologists conduct an on-field survey at a site in Moulvibazar, formerly known as Chandrapur
Archaeologists conduct an on-field survey at a site in Moulvibazar, formerly known as Chandrapur Dhaka Tribune

However, the department of archaeology did come across some beautiful glass beads, which are believed to be 2,500 years old

Archaeologists looking to find remnants of the thousand-year-old Chandrapur University have said there wasn’t any evidence indicating the existence of an ancient university in Kulaura and Juri upazila of Moulvibazar.

Dr Ataur Rahman, the regional director of the Department of Archaeology, said this in talking to journalists after the second day of survey in Sagarnal Dighirpar area of Juri upazila.

"After an on-field survey, the delegation did not find any evidence of an ancient university in the area," he said.


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The five-member team of the archaeology department on Saturday arrived at Kalimabad of Kulaura upazila—once known as Chandrapur, which now lies beneath the ground.

Finding the location engraved on the historic Bhatera copperplate discovered in 1872, the delegation began inspecting the site in the Rajar Tila area of Bhatera union. They found ancient artefacts such as pieces of bricks, stones and pots, presumably used around a thousand years ago.

Meanwhile, a local resident of Sagornal in Juri handed over to the Department of Archaeology delegation on Monday, some glass beads believed to be 2,500 years old.

Glass beads, found in the house of Jagdish Chandra Sharma, believed to be 2,500 years old | Dhaka TribuneThe glass beads are very old and resemble those found in Narsingdi's Wari-Bateshwar ruins, said Dr Md Ataur Rahman, adding that those need further examination.

The glass beads were found in the house of Jagdish Chandra Sharma who had found them around 20 years ago during the renovation of an old pond.

"The stones and beads were found in a small pot. We kept them because they looked so beautiful," said Prabhasini Mohanta, wife of Jagdish, and headmistress of Sagarnal Government Primary School.

On Monday, the third and final day of the search, the delegation will inspect and survey the hilly areas in the western part of Rajnagar Panchgaon union and the Indreshwar area.