In India, an archaeological group conducted research in the area of the village of Laudanki and, while examining the ancient temple of Gatesvar, discovered a treasury of the 9th-12th centuries AD.
According to NDTV, the find was made in the Ratnachira Valley in the state of Bhubaneswar, about 40 kilometers from the capital of the same name.
A team of six archaeologists took turns examining ancient sites that were studied many years ago. The work was carried out within the framework of the research project "Discover the Lost Heritage".
It is precisely this lost heritage that was found in the village of Laudanki, located on the Bhubaneswar-Puri road. The team found a real treasure, which is a treasure trove of ancient temple idols and bas-reliefs.
According to Anil Dhir, who led the research team, about two dozen artifacts were under a large pile of debris at the back of the ancient temple. Most of the ancient idols have already been identified. They depict various gods, and some of the figures are made in human height. Of particular interest among scientists was the statue of the deity Manasa, depicted in the form of a cobra, and a small brass mask of the god Shiva.
The latter is the youngest, and all other artifacts date from the period between the 9th-12th centuries AD. By the way, local residents told archaeologists that these idols were discovered back in 1999 during the restoration of the temple, which was carried out under the patronage of the State Department of Archeology.
The artifacts were prepared for transportation to the State Museum. However, the region was suddenly hit by a super cyclone causing flooding. The ancient temple of Gatesvar was also flooded. So in 1999 the treasures were lost for the second time. Over time, even officials forgot about these idols, Dhir said. And only now it became clear that all these years they had been buried under a pile of rubbish.