Expressing his deep satisfaction over the archeological excavation work in Raghurampur area under Rampal upazila under Munshiganj district, Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Friday said that necessary measures would be taken so that the excavation work continued unhindered. “Conducting excavation work in Munshiganj region is a very difficult task. A historical Buddhist monastery is going to be discovered here. I will always be supporting such efforts,” the minister said while addressing a function organised by the Ogroshor Bikrampur Foundation at Bazrojogini in Munshiganj on Friday afternoon.
The function was organized to showcase the archeological artifacts discovered through the excavation work.
Among others Sagufta Yasmin Emily, MP, M Idris Ali, MP, Attorney General Advocate Mahbubey Alam, DG of Archeological department Shafiqul Islam, deputy commissioner Azizul Alam, Police Super Sahabuddin Khan BPM and district Awami League secretary Sheikh Lutfar Rahman spoke on the occasion presided over by central Awami League leader and president of Ogroshor Bikrampur Foundation Nuh Ul Alam Lenin.
Opposing the idea of naming the Munshiganj district as Bikrampur, the minister said during the British rule the area was known as Munshiganj division and during Mughal rule it was known as Idrakpur.
The name Rampal itself is an example of how important this area was to the Pal dynasty, he explained.
The excavation work has been going on for the last two years under the supervision of Professor Dr Sufi Mostafizur Rahman of Jahangirngar University.
The items found following excavation include earthenwares, stands of lamps, earthenwares with pipes and cover of earthenwares etc.
The archaeological samples, brick walls and size of bricks recovered from the sites suggest that there was human habitation in Bikrampur area in pre-medieval age. The size of one of the walls discovered is five metre long and 1.45 metre wide.
The artifacts discovered also include stone made cups, earthen sculptures, toys and boats. It would be possible to identify the time of human habitation in the area through proper scientific and archaeological research.