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Archaeologist Bibi Lal, who led the excavations at the Ramjanmabhoomi site, passed away at 101

Renowned archaeologist Braj Basi LalThe man who led the excavations at the Ramjanmabhoomi site in the mid-1970s died early Saturday. He was 101 years old. A Padma Vibhushan awardee last year, Lal had been battling health issues recently and was on life support at a hospital. Delhi the last few days.

In a condolence message, Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy said, “With the passing away of Prof. BB Lal Ji, we have lost one of the brightest minds, who spent more than 4 decades in our archeological excavations and through the efforts and trained archaeologists. made a significant contribution to the Twitter.

Considered to be India’s most senior archaeologist, Lal was actively involved in archeological research and writing till the age of 100. He was trained by Sir Mortimer Wheeler at Taxila in 1944, after which he joined the Archaeological Survey of India and served as its Director General. 1968 to 1972. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian honour, last year for his contribution to the field of archaeology. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2000.

Born in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh in 1921, Lal developed an interest in archeology after completing his master’s degree in Sanskrit from Allahabad University. He worked extensively on archaeological sites associated with the Harappan civilization and the Mahabharata. He has also served on several UNESCO committees and is now known for his theory of a temple-like structure beneath the Babri Masjid.

“The archaeological investigation had clearly established that there was a temple at the site prior to the construction of the mosque, and we are glad that the Supreme Court took note of this fact while delivering its verdict,” he had said in a statement. Indian Express interview In view of the Ramjanmabhoomi case verdict in 2019.

In his message to the new generation of archaeologists, Lal said in an interview: “My advice to all field-archaeologists is to: (i) clearly define your purpose and then choose your site for excavation after proper exploration (ii) be completely objective in your analysis of the data obtained. No subjectivity should be allowed to creep in; (iii) try to publish your results as quickly as possible; (iv) keep your eyes and ears open “

In 1990, Bibi Lal wrote the ‘Pillar-base theory’ on the basis of his excavations in Ayodhya. He claimed to have found temple-like pillars that would have formed the foundation of the Babri Masjid. Lal’s findings were published in the right-wing journal Manthan. His theory was later recognized as the explanatory framework of a court-appointed excavation team at Babri in 2002.

In a career spanning more than five decades, Lal excavated several historical sites including Hastinapur (Uttar Pradesh), Shishupalgarh (Odisha), Purana Qila (Delhi) and Kalibanga (Rajasthan). From 1975–76, he examined sites such as Ayodhya, Bharadwaj Ashram, Shringaverapura, Nandigram and Chitrakoot as part of his Archeology of Ramayana Sites project. He also worked on more than 50 books and 150 research papers published in national and international journals. Some of his most notable books include ‘The Saraswati Flows On: The Continuity of Indian Culture’ published in 2002 and ‘Rama, His Historicity, Mandir and Setu: Evidence of Literature, Archeology and Other Sciences’ published in 2008.

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