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|April 25, 1998||
'Oldest dam' found
The archaeological department has found the 5,000-year-old remains of one of the biggest man-made reservoirs, near Dholavira village in the border district of Kutch, Gujarat, recently.
According to archaeological department Superintendent Y M Chittalwala, the discovery was a rare one which could unfold the mysteries of the pre-historic era and about the civilisations of that time.
As the Dholavira village area had no known river around it, the dam seems to have served the requirements of the people there. Its 32 steps and a portion of the high wall indicates an advanced technology the local people had developed for preserving rain water, Chittalwala added.
Dholavira is in the middle of the desert which had once fostered pre-historic and Mohanjodaro civilisations.
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