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Mumbai’s past to be showcased


Mumbai: The rich archaeology of Mumbai, its geological core, the possible origins of its name dating several centuries ago, would be on display at the Kalina campus of University of Mumbai next month.

The Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (CEMS) of University of Mumbai in collaboration with the INSTUCEN (India Study Centre) Trust, the Deccan College, M. F. Makki, and   Vikram Rao, has been organizing Archaeology-Geology exhibition for past few years. This year the UoM’s Department of Geography and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) have joined hands with CEMS. This year, it is scheduled from December 15-18.

“This time lot of interesting things would be on display,” said Mugdha Karnik, CEMS Director. “We are getting the famed Inscription Stele from BARC which mentions many villages in the Salsette (Sashti or Sansathi) which mentions Bimbasthana – which may or may not be the root of name Mumbai. Our research team is working on the possibilities,” she said.

The MMRCL is collaborating for the first time this year, presenting the ‘Core of Mumbai’ collection. There will be long cores collected from all over Mumbai, in the course of their work showing the variety of basaltic rock cores of Mumbai, some of them 15 feet long.

Along with Makki’s and  Rao’s collections of rocks, minerals and fossils, the Deccan college brings its precious collection of fossils. “Geology and geography students will be available to explain the specimens. Archaeological antiquities and educative posters will be explained by our archaeology students and experts. Coin collections are also on display with the numismatic experts talking about them with viewers,” said Karnik.

Other educational attractions are- stone-tool making, pottery, Warli paintings and so on.