Ancient shell industry at Bet Dwarka island
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Almost every archaeological site in the Indian subcontinent has the remains of shells. It had been recognized as a major industry during the Indus Valley Civilization, dating back to the mid-Holocene. The most important shell used in the past was Turbinella pyrum (chank) shell, which has been found extensively in inter-tidal zones of Saurashtra and the Gulf of Kachchh. The important artifacts include bangles, beads, seals and inlay work. Bet Dwarka has been the major centre of shell industry in the past. Also, its shore is rich in a variety of shells that were picked up by the fishermen till recently. This article discusses the importance of shell artifacts recovered during the excavation at Bet Dwarka Island and their significance in dating of an archaeological site.
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