Rakhigarhi skeletons’ DNA samples sent for analysis

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DNA samples collected from two human skeletons found in a cemetery at a Harappan-era town site in Haryana have been sent for scientific examination.

  • The DNA test results can tell about the ancestry and food habits of the people who have lived in the Rakhigarhi region for thousands of years.

  • Skeletons of two women were found a few months ago at mound number 7 (designated RGR 7 by the Archaeological Survey of India), believed to be around 5,000 years old.

  • Pots and other artefacts were also found buried next to them in a pit, part of the funerary rituals back in the Harappan Civilisation era. 

  • About RakhiGarhi

  • The ancient sites of Rakhi-Khas and Rakhi-Shahpur are collectively known as Rakhigarhi.

  • It is located on the right bank of the now dried up Palaeo-channel of Drishadvati.

  • It is located in the Ghaggar-Hakra river plain in the Hisar district of Haryana.

  • There are seven mounds located here.

  • The site has given rise to various phases of the Harappan culture and is one of the largest Harappan sites ever discovered in India.

  • The site represents the gradual development of the Indus culture in the now-dry Sarasvati Basin.

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