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Ancient Signboard

The Ancient Signboards are present in Dholavira, Gujarat. These Signboards are tantalized with Indus script on it. This is one among the most significant discoveries at Dholavira and was present in one of the side rooms of the northern gateway of this city. It is often referred as Dholavira Signboard. The Harappan people had perfectly arranged and set clearly the pieces of gypsum mineral to design ten large size letters or symbols on a huge wooden board. There was a time when this wooden board fell down flat on its face.

The wood got decayed but the arrangements of their letters survived the damage. The letters present on the signboard can be compared to large sized bricks employed in the construction of nearby walls. Each sign present on the wooden board is approximately 37 cm or 15 inches high and their corresponding wooden board is approximately 3 metres or 9.8 feet long. This is one of the longest inscriptions in the Indus script in which every symbol appears 4 times. These scripts together with its bigger size make out the key evidence noted by several archaeology scholars.

With this evidence, these archaeological survivors argue that there is complete literacy on Indus scripts. There is also a 4 sign inscription carrying big sized letters on sand stone traced from this site. This is considered to be first of such type of inscription placed on a sand stone detected from any of the Harappan civilization archaeological sites. Dholavira is situated at Khadir Beyt, a famous island in the Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. This place has been excavated only during 1990. Dholavira is also as large as Harappa and Mohenjo Daro as it carries some of the best and perfectly preserves architectures of stones. This is known to be the world’s first and foremost signboards.

One should definitely explore this to extract any meaning from those ancient letters and scripts. It is worth a trial to decipher the code marked in those sign boards. One should prefer to stay in any one of the on-site guest house to have a more lavish experience. Hence should prefer to accommodate here rather than opting for a day’s trip.

How to Get Here

By Road

Dholavira is located about 250 km from Bhuj and can be easily reached through Rapar and Bhachau. There is a bus service from Bhuj at 2 p.m and it reaches Dholavira at 8.30.p.m. Again, it takes up the return journey at 5 a.m the next day morning and return to Bhuj at around 11.30 a.m. There is also a possibility to rent a personal vehicle.

By Air

The nearest airport to Dholavira is at Bhuj. Jet Airways operate a flight from Mumbai to Bhuj with travel duration of 1 hour 35 minutes.

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