The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has cleared a research proposal involving the Ram Setu. In accordance to a Occasions of India report, the challenge entails an underwater exploration that can determine the age of the setu (bridge) and how it was formed. The research will start this yr itself.
The challenge was permitted by the Central Advisory Board on Archaeology, a physique underneath the ASI. The challenge was mooted by the CSIR-Nationwide Institute of Oceanography, Goa.
The Ram Setu is a series of shoals between Pamban Island (also referred to as Rameswaram Island) in Tamil Nadu of India and Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. In accordance to previous geological proof, the construction is a former land connection between India and Sri Lanka.
In accordance to Professor Sunil Kumar Singh, director, NIO, the research can be primarily based on archaeological antiquities, radiometric and thermoluminescence courting to geological timescale and different supporting environmental knowledge, the TOI report stated.
The radiometric method can be used to determine the age of the 48-km-long bridge. The challenge assumes each spiritual and political significance. In accordance to Ramayana, a ‘vanar sena’ had initially constructed the bridge over the ocean to assist lord Ram cross over to Sri Lanka to rescue his spouse Sita.
The NIO will use its research vessels, Sindhu Sadhana or Sindhu Sankalp to accumulate samples of sediment core 35-40 beneath the water stage.
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