Archaeologists in India believe they have found the remains of a city dating to the second or third century B.C. in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh. The claim comes after the serendipitous 2008 discovery of several artifacts on the banks of the Kharun River, including bones, coins, and ceramics. Several structures found around the initial finds combine to give the impression of what was once a market area, located 20 miles from the Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. The site, which the Archaeological Survey of India has approved for excavation, has also offered up terracotta figurines of both human and animal forms. "After the completion of the process, I believe it would be counted among the biggest archaeological discoveries in Chhattisgarh. The coins and semi-precious stones appear to be from the Kushan and Satavahan dynasties," said archeologist J. R. Bhagat.
The signs of burnt structures at a few places indicate that the ancient city might have been completely destroyed in a fire.
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