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Lothal
 

Lothal is located 85km south-west of Ahmedabad towards Bhavnagar. It is the name given to a mound near Saragwala village in Ahmedabad district. Lothal in the dialect of the local people means 'the mound of the dead'. It is important as an archaeological site and was discovered in 1954. A place of great interest for archaeologists, this site is believed to have been part of the Harappan civilization. The excavations conducted here have shown a well planned city with rows of houses and scientific drainage system. A dockyard revealed during excavations point to the fact that at its peak it must have been an important port in the subcontinent. Seals obtained from here suggest that trade must have been conducted with the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Persia. Lothal shows a high degree of town planning like the ones seen in other sites of Indus valley. Double burial, animal sacrifice, fire worship etc seem to have been prevalent among the people of Lothal as is evidenced by discovery of two bodies in a single grave, presence of sacrificial altars and the likes. There is an archaeological  museum at this site which displays jewellery, pots and other finds of the excavations. It is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

For reaching Lothal by train one should disembark at Bhurkhi on the Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar railway line and from there one can board a bus.


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