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Indian Archaeologists Dig Where Swami Saw Gold

Thursday, October 24, 2013

UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA—The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) undertook preliminary excavations at the site of a ancient fort in the north Indian village of Daudiakala last week. Three months earlier, a local holy man, Shoban Sarkar, dreamt there was a cache of 1,000 tons of gold on the premesis—a vision he reported to, among other, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The dig, however, was not influenced by the swami's dream, the ASI's Syed Jamal Hasan told the Agence France Presse, "It is a trial excavation and so far we have cleared soil up to a depth of five feet and yesterday we found a medieval wall, earthen jars and pots, a hearth and a floor."