Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): Dr Sujeet Nayan, excavator of Vangchhia, has joined as Superintending Archeologist in Charge of the newly created Aizawl Circle of Archeological Survey of India, comprising Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura, a new Circle established at the initiative of INTACH Mizoram Chapter. He assumed his office on 2 November.
He met the Convener, Mizoram Chapter this morning on Saturday and had a good and useful discussion. The Convener said the Chapter considers Dr Nayan a well wisher of the state, and that they were glad the new Circle is going to be led by someone who is already familiar with Mizoram.
Dr Nayan has stated that he had discovered incredible necropolis (burial site) archeological sites during his excavation at Vangchhia in Champhai district in 2016 soon after getting license from the then Director General, Dr Rakesh Tewari, who was accompanied by P. Rohmingthanga (IAS Retd.)
Convener, and Rin Sanga (IAS Retd) Co – Convener, INTACH Mizoram Chapter had a weeklong tour to the megalith sites in the eastern ranges of Champhai District, bordering Myanmar during November, 2015.
License for excavation at Vangchhia and Exploration in and around Vangchhia has been issued to Nayan as Director, with Ms Lalrinchhani, Asst Archaeologist of Aizawl Circle as Co-director.
The exploration will start in mid-December this year in Champhai and nearby areas. Excavation in Vangchhia will start in the first week of January next year. With the expanded license, the Chapter hopes that excavation at other sites in Champhai such as Dungtlang, Ngur, etc will be initiated.
Renewed efforts to expedite notification of the four megalithic sites as National Importance at Farkawn, Dungtlang, Lianpui and Lungphunlian village, pursued by the Chapter since a long time and also taken up with the Union Minister for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, during his visit to Aizawl in September last in connection with inauguration of the Aizawl Circle, is also expected to get a further boost.