Eminent archaeologist B B Lal passes away
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Archaeologist Braj Basi Lal, who led an excavation at the Ramjanmabhoomi site in the mid-1970s and was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan in 2021 passed away on September 10.
IMPORTANT FACTS -
- He was the Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India between 1968 and 1972.
He has worked extensively on archaeological sites associated with the Harappan civilization and the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
He has also served on several UNESCO committees and was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India in the year 2000.
He is best known for his theory of a temple-like structure beneath the now-demolished Babri Masjid.
He was born in 1921 in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh.
He developed an interest in archaeology after completing his post-graduation in Sanskrit from Allahabad University.
During more than 50 years, he worked on more than 50 books and 150 research papers published in national and international journals.
अतिरिक्त जानकारी -
His findings in the Ramjanmabhoomi site in Ayodhya :
Lal commenced a project in 1975 titled, ‘Archaeology of the Ramayana sites’.
The project was funded by ASI, Jiwaji University, Gwalior and the Department of Archeology in the Government of Uttar Pradesh.
Under this, five sites related to Ramayana were excavated, including Ayodhya, Bharadwaj Ashram, Nandigram, Chitrakoot and Shringverapur.
Under his leadership the ASI had proved the existence of an ancient temple at the site.
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