Small protohistoric sites (fishing villages?) on the saurashtra coast, West Coast of India
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During the maritime archaeological explorations a few sites of protohistoric in nature have been noticed along the saurashtra coast. the trial excavations of a few sites namely Bet Dwarka and Bhokhira on the western saurashtra coast yielded the remains of late Harappan phase and provide the insight into the settlement pattern of this period along the coast of saurashtra. Majority of the sites are under cultivation thus original cultural deposition cannot be determined correctly, however, present deposit is between 20 and 75 cm. Rediocarbon and thermoluminescence dates from these sites provide a time bracket for the settlement between the 18th and the 12th century BC. Other two sites namely Kanjetar and Kaj are situated on the mid-saurashtra coast were explored and the pottery assemblage is similar to those found at above mentioned site and also they have some close similarity with Pottery from Prabhasa Patana. Coastal exploration during the season of 2011-12 near Madhopur yielded a small settlement with similar type pottery noticed at Antroli. Majority of the sites are situated very close to the coastal area and this provides us an opporunity to analyse the reason for settlements.
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