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About Lothal and its excavations :
The word 'Lothal' means 'place of the death' in Gujarati language. The word is said to have been formed by combining words 'Loth' and 'thal'(sthal). It was interesting for me to find that the word 'Mohen-Jodaro' in Sindhi also have the same sense, namely, 'the mound of the dead'. After the partition of 1947 most sites of Harappan/Indus Valley Civilization were transferred to the Pakistan. It became necessary for the Archaeological Survey of India to trace for Harappan sites in the regions south and east of Indus river within the borders of India. During 1953-1954 A.S.I. teams re-excavated Rangpur in Limdi Taluk of Ahmedabad district and the findings in those excavations confirmed that Rangpur represented later phases of Harappan culture. Later on in search for more prosperous sites A.S.I. teams surveyed the Sabarmati valley and it resulted in the discovery of Lothal in November, 1954. Lothal was originally excavated from February 1955 to May 1960 and was re-excavated in 1961-1962. During excavations a cemetery, township, dockyard and a nullah connecting the dock with river were exposed.