"My operations did, indeed, reveal portions of a large brick building, but unfortunately they were found to have been so badly hacked about by brick diggers that it is well nigh impossible to determine its real nature or date, Plate VIII, Photo.
Daya Ram Sahni continues his narrative after the ringstone discussion on the Mound AB excavations: "The floor level of the building referred to above was reached at the depth of about thirteen feet below the surface of the mound.
"A second trench was started in the western portion of this mound, but I was so completely bewildered by the enormous accumulations of earth that had to be cleared away that it appeared futile to continue it at the present stage." At this point Sahni
Daya Ram Sahni found objects he quickly called "inkpot[s] of the shape used in old type Pathsalaif and maktabs to this day" (p. 13). One of these was found in Trench C – "No. C. 2 has three holes in the mouth for the string" (p.
Three more examples, all from Mound F, of what Daya Ram Sahni immediately identified as inkpots. "The other portable antiquities recovered in this Mound F, though not numerous, all point to a high antiquity.
Another class of objects, even if incomplete, were also immediately familiar to Day Ram Sahni: "(16) An earthen instrument for making twines. It is a curved shaped piece with five holes, one of which is broken off.
Sahni recognized the object on the right [C 2]as linked to twining as well:"A conical-shaped object with a hole in the base which might have held a wooden stick. Such instruments are used for twining the sacred thread" (p.