Archaeologists have unearthed artefacts believed to be 2,300-year-old while carrying out excavation at the Asurgarh Fort in Odisha’s Kalahandi district.A nine member team of Archaeological Survey of India led by Dibishada B. Garnayak, Superintending Archaeologist, Excavation Branch-IV, Bhubaneswar, excavated the items dating from Mauryan to Kushan period.“The present archaeological work reveals a number of brick structures. Wedge shaped bricks are also noticed in the circular structures. Most of the structures have terracotta tiles with groves and hole for socketing,” said Mr. Garnayak.“The Asurgarh people during that time probably used stone rubbles and tile fragments for flooring their houses and the streets. Besides, silver punch marked coins, silver and copper toe ring and ear rings, beads of carnelian, jasper, beryl, garnet, agate and coral have been found,” he said, adding that some of the artefacts were as old as 2,300 year.Glass banglesOther discovered artefacts include, glass bangle pieces of different designs and colours, sling balls, pestle, iron equipment like small wheel, ring, and arrow head.“The findings of coral beads and imperial variety of silver punch mark coins strongly indicates about long distant trade and association of hinterland people with seafaring people,” pointed out Mr. Garnayak.It is believed that the fort is surrounded by moat on its northern, eastern and southern sides. “Close to the western rampart, the river Sandul flows to the north thereby forming a natural moat on the western side of the fort. On the eastern side of the fort there is an extensive lake. The fort had four wide gates in four cardinal directions and at each gate was installed one guardian deity. These guardian deities are named as Ganga at the eastern gate, Kalapat at the western, Vaishnavi at the northern and Dokri at the southern gate,” he said.
The scoreline of 3-0 in the first half in favour of the Sports Hostel, Thiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, took everyone by surprise.The reason was their opponents – Cardinal Heenan College, Liverpool – in the u-17 category of the Subroto Cup at the Ambedkar Stadium. Taking a three-goal lead against an English side is no mean task, even though most of the players in that team were around 14 years old.The Tamil Nadu side took the lead in the 11th minute through P Vivek as Heenan’s goalkeeper Callum Mulby failed to stop a free-kick. R Prathap’s runs down the left flank troubled the Heenan defence and as a result of the constant pressure, they conceded the second goal in the 27th minute.Two minutes later, S Prabhakaran made it 3-0 and the English side had no idea what hit them. The second half was a more sedate affair as the Tamil Nadu boys did not press for more goals.The English side tried its best to conjure up some attacking moves but the opposition defence was up to the task.Heenan coach Paul Sewill said the weather was one of the reasons for the team’s capitulation. He, however, said that his wards will learn a lot from this tour.”We were not able to give our best because of the heat. The boys have never played in these conditions, and my team consists of players who are 14 years old and they were playing an u-17 team. But the boys will try to put up a better display in the remaining matches,” Sewill said.advertisementMeanwhile, Dynamo Kyiv registered their second win in as many days by beating BSL High School, Bokaro, Jharkhand, 5-0. Myryta Sentiabov and Dmytro Zayirvn scored two goals each while Artem Kovbasa also found the net.Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan, Dhaka, also opened their account in the tournament by defeating Guru Gobind Singh Sports College, Lucknow, 2-0 while Krida Prabodhini, Pune, thrashed Daman & Diu 5-1.