In an excavation program at Vangchhia historical village in Mizoram’s Champhai district, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has claimed to have found remains of a unique lost civilization, extending to neighbouring Myanmar, Bangladesh and part of Mizoram.
Archaeologists have come across human bones and antiquities from the burial sites at Vangchhia. They have found samples such as potsherds, antiquities and others at the site dating back to 600 BCE (Before Common Era). Sujeet Nayan, assistant superintending archaeologist said Vangchhia proves to be a necropolis and a lost civilization. It requires further excavation and exploration. With a geographical area of nearly 40km, Vangchhia is surrounded by thick forests, and has archaeological relics, menhirs, burial grounds, rock-cut caves, water pavilions and retaining walls.
Over 50 structures have been discovered. There are 39 burials exposed at different terraces in various shapes and sizes. The exposed burials are spread out over almost 10 square kilometers. Nayan also mentioned that it can prove to be one of the largest necropolis sites in the world. The ancient dwellers might have put the bodies of their kin inside the pits dug at the time of burial ceremony.
The ongoing excavations began in January. Vangchhia was selected for archaeological excavation for its cultural significance in 2014. In 2015-16, the excavation began and 50 structures were documented.