Elephant, Erotic Sculture Discovered at Medieval Indian Fort

Deccan Herald: Excavations of a medieval fortress in Cuttack, India have revealed the skeleton of an elephant buried in the 15th or 16th century as well as erotic statues of female dancers. The Barabati fort in Cuttack, India, was built between 1231 and 1238 CE by King Anaga Bhima Dev III, the ruler of Orissa. Now archaeologists have the opportunity to excavate the site. One of their most interesting finds to date have been the buried remains of an elephant, thought to have died in the 15th or 16th century. Workers have also found a temple, a palace complex, erotic sculpture and a silver coin thought to have belonged to the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

The fort remained a seat of power for various rulers until the late 16th century whe it was conquered by Sultan Sulaiman Karani from neighbouring