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Archaeological Museum,Hoshiarpur

Items on Display: Miscellaneous | Manuscripts | Sculptures

The department of cultural affairs, Archaeology and Museums, Punjab, established an Archaeological Museum in the Vishvesvaranand Vishva Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies, Sadhu Ashram, about 4 km to South-East of Hoshiarpur. It was Inaugurated by Sh. G.S. Pathak, then the Vice President of India, on 7th November, 1971. The main collection of the Museum is Sculptures from around Dholbaha area, a place of real archaeological value, situated at the distance of about 30 km to the North-West of Hoshiarpur (Punjab).
About two decades back, a beginning was made to collect various Sculptures that had been found lying uncared for around the present village of Dholbaha, which was once a thriving center of Cultural and Religious activity and served as pivot of the trade route. This place has been a place of habitation right from the very early times; the archaeological discoveries have related it's antiquities to the Pleistocene period. Fossils and stone tools found in the picture sque valley indicate the appearance of early man, here in this region. Mostly the artifacts were imperishable such as Chopper-Chopping tools and hand axes. Due to availability of necessary amenities, various civilizations flourished in Dhoibaha area.
Presence of fossils and beautiful sand stone Sculptures of mediaeval period under line the importance of Dholbaha and tend to establish the fact that Dholbaha valley was occupied by the affluent iconolatry at various intervals. Sculptures from Dholbaha have been collected preserved and well arranged in the Museum for the benefit of visitors and scholars.

Archaeological Museum