Siri Fort

Context: A tomb-like structure was accidentally discovered in the Siri Fort area while the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was carrying out renovation work at the Siri Fort Children’s Park. About Siri Fort:
  • Siri Fort was built in the 13th Century by Alauddin Khilji- ruler of the Khilji dynasty.
  • It was used as a garrison town where his army used to reside.
  • Hauz Khas village was an extension of the fort, which was designed to meet the water needs of the army.
  • The main motive behind building the Khilji Fort was to save the Delhi sultanate from the attacks of Mongols.
  • The fort is currently in ruins and the only structure that remains is its boundary walls.
Additional Information: Archaeological Survey of India
  • Established in: 1861
  • Founding head: Alexander Cunningham.
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Culture
  • Role: 
    • It is the apex organisation of the country engaged in exploration, excavation, archaeological research & publication and preservation of cultural heritage of India.
    • It regulates all the archaeological activities in the country as per the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and the Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972.
 Source: Indian Express 

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