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Located within the premises of Purana Qila, in New Delhi, Museum of Archaeology displays exhibits, most of which were excavated at Purana Qila itself by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1955 and between 1969 and 1973. One of the most fascinating and popular museums of India, the depository is situated on the upper floor of the fort right next to the entrance. The collection of articles and relics at the museum are excavations which are the evidence of earliest settlements in the city dating back to 1000 BC. The exhibits are placed in a sequenced order ranging from painted grey ware to objects collected over time through the age of Mauryans, Mughals, Sunga, Kushan, Gupta, Rajput and the Sultanate Empires.
Besides, the museum boasts of a wonderful collection of antiquities and pottery products from different ancient periods. In addition to that, it has paintings, textiles, costumes, beautifully calligraphed manuscripts and the like. A separate section in the same museum has relics bought and preserved from the First War of Independence which include armours, daggers, maps and other weaponry etc. For its vast collection, artefacts and excavation displays, the museum is a huge hit and is very popular especially among history buffs, tourists and local students.
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