Kapilvastu, February 25, 2018: A latest archaeological excavation carried out under the aegis of the Department of Archaeology has discovered that Kapilvastu has the highest number of archaeological sites in the country.
Some of the major archaeological sites in the Kapilvastu district include Tilaurakot, Aaraurakot, Kudan, Niglihawa, Sagarhawa, Gotihawa, Dohani, Prachin Stupa, Sisahaniya among others.
Ram Bahadur Kunwar, the spokesperson of the department mentioned that this is the first time archaeologically significant sites have been found in Kapilvastu district. Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, which is a World Heritage Site, also lies in Kapilvastu district. According to him, Rupandehi has 99 archaeologically important sites and Nawalparasi around 40 such places.
The latest archaeological exploration in Tilaurakot has found pieces of the earthenware, statues, silver coins and some metal arts. A laboratory test of these artifacts revealed the presence of human civilization around this area dating back to 300 BC.
Kiran Singh, Mayor of Kapilvastu Municipality, said that excavation is underway to find various evidence in line with the international standard so as to have Tilaurakot also enlisted in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
According to Subhadra Bhattarai, one of the archaeology officers of Department of Archaeology mentioned that the monuments more than 100 years old are considered as ancient monuments and the artifacts older than a century as archaeological artifacts.