NEW DELHI, Jan 16: Indian scientists have made an archaeological find dating back to 7500 BC suggesting the world’s oldest cities came up about 4,000 years earlier than is currently believed, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

The scientists found pieces of wood, remains of pots, fossil bones and what appeared like construction material just off the coast of Surat in western India, Science and Technology Minister Murli Manohar Joshi told a news conference.

“Some of these artifacts recovered by the NIOT (National Institute of Ocean Technology) from the site such as the log of wood date back to 7500 BC, which is indicative of a very ancient culture in the present Gulf of Cambay, that got submerged subsequently,” Joshi said.

“We can safely say from the antiquities and the acoustic images of the geometric structures that there was human activity in the region more than 9,500 years ago (7500 BC),” S.N. Rajguru, an independent archaeologist, said.

The findings, if confirmed, will dislodge the Harappan civilization dating back to 2500 BC as the subcontinent’s oldest civilization.—Reuters

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