Rakhigarhi skeletons’ DNA samples sent for analysis
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.
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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