World’s Largest Harappan Culture Museum To Be Set Up In Haryana

Haryana’s Rakhigarhi Village is all set to become the home of the world’s largest museum of Harappan culture. Rakhigarhi village in the Hisar district of Haryana is also a famous archaeological site excavating artifacts from the Indus Valley civilization. The village is said to be a part of the ancient civilization from 2600 - 1900 BC. Most of the site remains unexcavated, with only five percent of the village under has been excavated to date.

On 11th September 2022, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar reviewed the ongoing construction of the museum and also instructed the officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to complete the excavation as soon as possible. The CM has directed the ASI officials to make a list of all the artifacts found during the excavation, and it has been reported that the museum will display some 5000-year-old artifacts. CM Manohar has also requested that if villagers have any such artifacts, a list of those needs to be prepared and will be displayed along with the villager's name. 

Rakhigarhi first came under excavation in 1963 by the Archaeological Survey of India. Up until 1998, around 56 skeletons have been found. Two of these were identified to be the skeletons of women about 7000 years old. Along with the skeletons, several shell bangles, semi-precious stone beads, and a copper mirror were also found, all of which will be displayed in the museum.