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Wari and Bateshwar are neighbouring villages. In these villages many archaeological things were discovered by digging in the ground. In 1933, in Wari village, some local diggers found a pot full of ancient coins (dating back to 450 BC to 300 BC) while digging in the ground of undiscovered Wari-Bateshwar. A local school teacher, Hanif Pathan collected 20-30 of those ancient coins from there. After that, he made his son Habibulla Pathan aware of this incident. In 1955, Bateshwar village, some diggers left behind two ancient metal-made things. Habibulla Pathan shows those things to his father. Then in 1956, during digging in Wari-Bateshwar, an ancient silver coin storage was discovered which had been buried under the ground. In 1976 Habibulla Pathan collected many archaeological things from Wari-Bateshwar and he submitted those things to the Dhaka National Museum. After many years in 2000 under the order of Jahangir Nagar University's archaeologist Professor Sufi Mostafizur Rahman the digging work of Wari-Bateshwar started and many ancient roads, houses, terracotta, silver coins, metal made things, printed currencies, weapons etc. were discovered.

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According to researchers, the discovery of rouletted ware, knobbed ware, stone beads, sandwiched glass beads, gold-foil glass beads, Indo-Pacific monochrome glass beads and importantly its geographical location indicates to southeast Asiatic and Roman contacts.[3][4] Taking measurement for a new dig. Excavation also unearthed the presence of pit-dwelling. The discovery of a pit-dwelling is the first of its kind in Bangladesh. People used to live in these small ditches. The pit-dwelling is a Copper Age or Chalcolithic artefact. Similar pit-dwellings have been found in India and Pakistan which are believed to be 4000 years old. The unearthing of a 180-metre long, six-metre wide and 21–35 cm thick road with a by-lane points to very early urbanisation in this area. Before the discovery of this, the widely held view was that urbanisation occurred later than the Wari-Bateshwar ruins indicate. A student of the Archaeology department has just got an artefact (pottery). Silver punch-marked coins, different types of earthen pots, rouletted ware, knobbed ware, northern black polished ware, black-slipped ware, common ceramics, semi-precious stone beads. Iron artefacts include blooms, hand-axes, spearheads, knives, nails and slugs, melted pieces of iron. It is also suspected[by whom?] that it might be the oldest place in the world which have a money based currency system.
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