New Archeological Sites Discovered in North Bangladesh
The northern part of Bangladesh has several archeological sites of repute. Many date as far back as 2500 BC. Buddhism was widespread in the north of the country and many artifacts relate to that period in history. Mahasthangarh is one of the more popular sites in this region. It is among the oldest sites in the country and is believed to date back to 2500 BC. This ancient archeological and historical site is situated on the western bank of river Karatoa. It is located about 18 kilometers to the north of Bogra town.
A fortified, oblong enclosure measuring 5000 ft. by 4500 ft, the Mahasthangarh structure is surrounded by remnants of other ancient ruins that are within a semicircle of about five miles radius. There are several other isolated mounds that are known locally as Govinda Bhita Temple, Khodai Pathar Mound, Mankalir Kunda, Parasuramer Bedi and Jiyat Kunda that surround the fortified city.
There is a beautiful museum at Mahasthangarh which holds the many artifacts that were excavated here. They include a variety of antiquities, ranging from terracotta objects to gold ornaments and coins recovered from the site.
Recently the remains of an old temple were discovered just 4 km from Mahasthangarhwhich is believed to be more than1500 years old. The temple is supposed to have been built during pre-Pal period. The structure is a small room with a lawn like space in front of it. It is presumed that he room once held an idol.
The lower part of the temple shows decorations of arch shaped terracotta panels and terracotta bricks. The decoration is in three levels with terracotta and ornamental bricks. There are at least sixty ornamental terracotta bricks that have been found. Nine steps built of bricks with railings on both sides have been discovered. A large number of ancient artifacts including terracotta bricks, iron nails and clay bowls w ere found during the excavation.
The site was first discovered in December 2006. It is hoped that the entire structure of the temple will be excavated by the end of February 2007, provided the excavation work proceeds smoothly and without interruptions.