By SAPTARISHI DUTTA
A week after Indian government archaeologists started digging for treasure with nothing more than the word of a Hindu holy man’s vision to guide them, they have unearthed iron nails, glass bangles, terracotta objects and a mud kiln. But no gold.
Until yesterday, archaeologists had dug 2.17 meters into the ruins of a palace in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where Shobhan Sarkar, a guru with a large local following, said his vision told him they would find $40 billion worth of the precious metal.
“We are continuously getting such objects as we are digging,” said P.K. Mishra, a senior official of the Archaeological Survey of India. But it’s not exactly the find of the century. “These are the common objects of any excavation,” he acknowledged.
For archaeologists though, they are no less valuable than gold. “Whatever objects we find during an excavation, they are of archaeological importance,” said Mr. Mishra.
The excavators also found a brick wall within two days of the start of the dig, Mr. Mishra told India Real Time.
The ASI will carry out the necessary tests to determine the period to which these objects belong. Mr. Mishra says that some of the objects belong to the 17th or 18th century. The objects found deep inside the earth will be much older.