Archaeology of Chandraketugarh
Distance from KolkataAbout 44.6 km in the north-east direction of Kolkata. Approximately takes 2 hours to reach either via Kolkata-Basirhat Road, NH12 or NH112.
This site comprises an earthen fortification and excavation by the University of Calcutta from 1956-57 and 1965-66 revealing a continuous sequence of culture that could be divided into six periods from Pre-Mauryan to Pala times (4th century BCE to 12th century CE). The excavated site ‘Khana Mihirer Dhibi’ at Chandraketugarh yielded a large number of antiquities such as coins (e.g. silver punch-marked, cast copper), bone objects, terracotta plaques and figurines, different kinds of beads etc. This site is believed to have been connected with the Bay of Bengal mainly through two rivers: Bidyadhari and Padma and had trade contacts with foreign countries like Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean. Unfortunately, the site is not well preserved for uncertain reasons.
Days open: every day
Timing: open full day
Car parking: available
Why to visit: by walking around one could know about their history and feel connected with their past cultures as well as cherish the surrounding nature.