A State Archaeology functioned separately
from 1965. Earlier it was attached with State Museum. The main
activities of State Archaeology are survey and exploration of
monuments and archaeological sites, protection and
conservation of monuments having local and State importance,
excavation of archaeological sites and publication on its
different activities. So far 222 monuments have been accorded
protection as per the Orissa Ancient Monuments Preservation
Act of 1956
B. Earlier, excavation work of
archaeological and historical sites such as Kuruma, Bankada,
Brahmabana, Raibania Fort, Khurda Gada, Sankarjang and Golbai
were carried out. The excavation of Maraguda valley was under
taken from 1991 and the last phase of the work is over. In
recent past excavation at Biratagada, Kichakagada and
Belasaragarh were also done by this Department. Earlier,
survey and exploration of river valleys such as Prachi, Daya,
Bhargavi, Fkushabhadra and Chitrotpala were completed.
C. There are nine sculpture sheds housing
sculptures, found from archaeological operations maintained by
State Archaeology at Ayodhya, Kaupur, Sukleswar, Tirtha Matha,
Kenduli, Niali, Kundesvara, Vishnupur, Lataharana and Boudh
D So far two publications have been
brought out by this Department. These are:- "Prachi Valley
Survey Report" and "Annual Archaeological Survey Report",
Vol-I. It is proposed to publish a "Directory of Protected
Monuments" in near future. Archaeological gardens are
maintained at few protected sites
E. The organisation is headed by a
Superintendent in Junior Class-I rank. There are four posts of
permanent Curators. In addition two Curators-cum-Registering
Officer posts are functioning at Cuttack and Berhampur, who
look after the registration of antiquit5ies in their
jurisdiction. The technical staff in the organisation consists
of one Assistant Curator, one Junior Landscaping Architect,
one Chemical Assistant, one Photographer, one Draughtsman and
one Archaeological Assistant Engineer alongwith two posts of
F. Activities of Orissa State
Under the refurbishment programme of
Tourism Department, Government of India, for which funds were
received through the Department of Tourism, Government of
Orissa the refurbishment work of the following monuments are
2) Baladevjiu Temple,
3) Binodabahari Temple, Raghunatha Nagar.
Survey of 220 monuments belonging to a
period between 7th C.A.D. to 19th Century have been made in
the different district during the last five years.
Maintenance Work of Protected
Maintenance work of Protected Monuments
like Buddhist Monastery, Kuruma, Somanatha Temple, Budhapada,
Prasanna Purusottama Temple, Tigiria and Kichakesvari Temple,
Khiching are being taken up.
Central Assistance Schemes
Proposals were submitted to Department of
Culture, Government of India for preservation of Jaina
Heritage of Orissa. An amount of Rs.28 lakh for preservation
of Jaina Heritage of Orissa have been sanctioned by Department
of Culture, Government of India. Mini site museum and
sculpture sheds at the following places have been
1. Jaina Sculpture Shed at Panchagaon,
2. Jaina Sculpture Shed at Hatadiha, Dist.
3. Jaina Sculpture Shed, at Bagalpur, Dist.
4. Jaina Sculpture Shed, at. Chasipura, Dist.
5. Jaina Sculpture Shed, at. Podasingidi, Dist.
6. Jaina Mini Site Museum, at. Jamunda, Dist.
7. Jaina Mini Site Museum, at. Pratapnagari, Dist.