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British geophysical survey team in Nepal, survey in Paanchkhal to begin in three weeks

(The Department of Archaeology (DoA) is to conduct a geophysical survey in Panchkhal town area next month. The DoA is preparing to conduct the survey after study and research indicated to the possibility of finding ancient heritages in the area.)

KATHMANDU:- The British geophysical survey team has arrived Nepal recently and has already begun conducting a geophysical survey in various places where the artifacts and remnants of ancient heritages were discovered and excavated.
The team comprising eight members started digging the archaeological heritages in Kapilvastu dating back to ancient and medieval period since the first week of March, according to Director at the Department of Archaeology, Damodar Gautam. Gautam said that the discovery of subterranean heritages from study and excavation conducted in some places in the country two years ago led to this survey.
The geophysical survey was going to be conducted in Rupandehi, Nawalparashi, Janakpur, Thori and Paanchkhal, informed Spokesperson at the Department, Ram Bahadur Kunwar.
The geographical survey tools would find out about the subterranean physical features at the site and up to seven metres below the land having ancient artifacts above. The Department has made preparation for managing Nepali human resources and financial aspects for carrying out geophysical survey, added Kunwar.
A report prepared by DoA officer Bishnu Prasad Pathak and senior archaeologist Uddhav Acharya, who were involved in carrying out excavation in Paanchkhal area, confirmed that the artifacts and a column that were found in the area date back to the Lichchhavi era and the medieval era.
The report confirmed that the remnants of a wall of ancient palace, bricks with 22 centimetres width and other artifacts found in the paddy fields belonging to various individuals at Maltar of Panchkhal Municipality-2 also date back to the Lichchhavi era and the medieval era.
The District Administration Office, Kavrepalanchowk has also banned tilling in the land around the heritage sites.

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