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As ASI begins scientific survey of Gyanvapi structure, read how archaeologists determine age and other aspects of ancient buildings and sculptures

Let’s understand how the archaeologists determine the age, time and style of sculptures as well as what methods ASI will be using at the Gyanvapi survey site in Varanasi. 

Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee moves Supreme Court challenging Allahabad HC order allowing ASI survey of Gyanvapi premises

Gyanvapi Masjid committee moves SC against Allahabad HC order for ASI survey of the structure

Scientific survey of the disputed structure called Gyanvapi “mosque” underway, Muslim side seeks urgent listing in Supreme Court: Details

The ASI team began the survey with Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) which uses radar pulses to scan the upper surface.

Muslim side approaches Supreme Court after Varanasi court nods ASI survey of the Gyanvapi complex with carbon dating

Gyanvapi Masjid Committee has approached the Supreme Court urgently requesting the listing of their case

Varanasi court pronounces verdict in favour of the Hindu side, allows the scientific survey of Gyanvapi premises

Varanasi court announced its verdict over a petition seeking a scientific survey of the Gynvapi structure in Varanasi by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

Supreme Court postpones hearing on Gyanvapi disputed structure, seeks response from Muslim side

The Hindu parties in the case informed the SC that calling the Shivling discovered within the Varanasi Gyanvapi complex a "fountain" amounted to demeaning it and demanded a scientific investigation of the Shivling.

Supreme Court agrees to hear Muslim Side’s petition against determining age of Gyanvapi Shivling

Gyanvapi mosque Management Committee had approached SC opposing the Allahabad HC order that allowed the scientific survey of the Shivling found inside the Gyanvapi mosque to determine its age

Allahabad HC allows the scientific survey of Gyanvapi Shivling; ASI had earlier submitted that carbon dating of the Shivling is not possible

This comes after the ASI submitted its report as sought by the High Court, which rebuked the ASI in April this year for its laxity in submitting its report on the feasibility of carbon dating the Shivling found inside the mosque.

Firecrackers set off inside Martand Sun Temple in Kashmir on Eid

Martand Sun Temple is an ASI protected monument which was built in the 8th century.

Three more places in India included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Gujarat's Vadnagar, Modhera Sun Temple and Tripura's Unakoti have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites tentative list.

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