Sanghol has gained substantial fame primarily due to the Sanghol Museum, situated in the village, which hosts a number of antiquities that narrate the civilization and culture of ancient India. Relics of Harappan civilization (from 1720-1300 BC) up to the period of 6th century AD have been displayed in the museum. Excavations in Sanghol have rendered about 15000 artefacts, most of which serve as the exhibits of Sanghol Museum.
Archaeology in Sanghol
Archaeological excavations in Sanghol had been initiated ages ago since 1830, when Punjab was undivided and was under the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The excavations continued through ages leading to a huge collection of antiquities. Research agendas however had undergone changes owing to the changing landscapes which occurred due to canal diggings during early 20th century and extensive agricultural occupations after independence. Among all the archaeological researches, however, the prime focus remained the exploration of the history of Punjab.
Sanghol is also associated with myths and legends. Various mythical stories narrate the destruction of the village in the past. The village is in fact situated at a high attitude, over a mound, which makes it fairly visible form the towns surrounding it. 'Roop Basant ka Kissa' is also associated with the village. According to some of the inhabitants of the surrounding towns, the ancient name of the village was Sangla-deep. Apart from the museum, other attractions of the village are a Monastery Complex and a Buddhist Stupa, dating back to 1st and 2nd century AD. The place has been well maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and is also emerging as a tourist spot. A visit to Sanghol can be greatly cherished if one wants to explore the ancient civilization of India.
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