Wari Bateshwar 

Wari-Bateshwar is an archaeological site located in Belabo Upazila in Norshingdi and in Shibpur Upazila’s neighbouring village Wari and Bateshwar. It is believed that it is a fortress located under the ground. According to carbon testing, the origin of this city dates back to 450 BC to 2000BC (Or earlier) during the era of Maurya dynasty.

This archaeological site is significant for three reasons.

Firstly, it was a contemporary of 6th-4th century BCE in the contemporary Magadha, Kashi, Kosala, archaeological burg. It is believed that it was a state and Wari-Bateshwar was the capital of that state. Dilip Kumar Chakraborty, chief professor at the University of Cambridge, said that Wari-Bateshwar might be the capital of that state.

Secondly, Wari-Bateshwar is linked with Silk-Route (the road was an ancient trade route) and it was connected to ancient Roman and Egyptian civilization. A rolled pot, which is the Mediterranean, wired or bronze pottery, found on the site testifies that trade was a prevalent custom at that time. Professor Dilip Kumar Chakrabarty of the South Asian Archeology Department at Cambridge University thinks that Wari-Bateshwar was in touch with Southeast Asia and the Roman Empire.

Thirdly, pit-dwelling (pit-house) is another amazing discovery of Wari-Bateswar. This is like a storeroom for food preservation settlements and a living room as well. Similar settlement elements have been discovered in Imamgaon, Maharashtra, India.