Research Paper

Archaeology of Wari-Bateshwar

Authors: Shahnaj Husne Jahan

Year: 2010, Volume: 2, Page/Article: 1, DOI:

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Wari and Bateshwar are two adjacent villages in Amlabo Union under Belabo police
station in Narsingdi district, Bangladesh. It is situated on an isolated bit of the
Pleistocene terrace at Manohardi-Sibpur, which is detached from the Madhupur tract
by the Old Brahmaputra and the Laksya rivers. Since the 40s of the last century, a
large number of cultural materials of Wari-Bateshwar have been reported from
surface collections and chance excavations. Systematic archaeological exploration
at the site was carried out in 1998-99 season by the author and subsequently a number
of excavations conducted at the site since 2000. Archaeological investigations at
Wari-Bateshwar revealed that the site had been occupied from the 4th century BC
onwards with occasional breaks. The present paper is the detail report of all the
evidences from the archaeological record in the form of physical remains unearthed
from explorations and excavations till date and analyzes them to understand the
nature and behaviors of the people who produced them. This also places Wari-
Bateswar in the macro-level of Indian Ocean maritime trade network during the early
historic period.