A 2,400-year-old site in Mizoram, ‘Vangchhia’ assumed to have links with a lost civilisation is aiming for the coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site tag. The only Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-protected site in Mizoram is located 259 km from Aizawl.
P. Rohmingthanga, convener of the Indian Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Mizoram chapter, stated that the site has got the potential to get the tag and that it can change the history of Mizoram.
‘Vangchhia’ with reaches in Myanmar and maybe in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh spread over 40km, is nestled by forests. So far, more than 50 structures, including 39 burials spread over almost 10 square kilometres, have been discovered.
During excavations, the ASI has collected samples of potsherds and other antiquities dating back to 600 BC through C14 (radiocarbon). It shows that Vangchhia is one of the world’s largest necropolis sites.
Archaeologists have come across human bones and ornaments from many of the burial sites. Based on the structural remains found, the cultural sequence of Vangchhia has been divided into two periods: 600 BCE-1400 CE and circa 1400 CE-1750 CE.
Rohmingthanga said that they are currently planning as to how to present Vangchhia for the recognition by UNESCO. A lot needs to be done and a concrete approach should be emphasized upon for the steps towards a heritage site tag, he added.