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New archeological site found

Oct 20, 2011

A Swiss archeologist and officials from the department of culture are studying a newly discovered archeological site in Gakiling Geog in Sarpang.

The site which is located in Sangkha village was discovered while the residents were digging the foundation for a new Lhakhang.

Work on the new site has already begun- a painstakingly slow process. The officials, under the watchful eye of the Swiss archeologist, carefully scarp off the soil. Others cut the undergrowth using scissors.

What remains underneath is a mystery. For now, what has been revealed is the unmistaken foundation of a house.  It is hoped that the findings will shed light on our ancient history.

Christian Bader, the Swiss archaeologist, said “discoveries of such important archaeological sites are occurring more frequently mainly because of the large number of development activities.”

A few old implements, among them a sword, an arrow head probably used for hunting, and a chain, have been unearthed from the site so far.

As part of the excavation work, 15 cultural officers are also being trained to identify and rescue archeological sites which may otherwise be destroyed while carrying out construction and development works.

This is the second phase of Bhutan Swiss Archeology project.

Under the first phase, archeologists and officials from the department of culture carefully studied the Drapham Dzong in Bumthang.

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