Plan Your Visit 10:00 - 18.30
Friday: 10.30 - 20.45

History

History

Archaeological Survey of India, Patna Circle

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CIRCLE

Archaeological Survey of India was established in 1861 with General Alexander Cunningham as the first head of the Institution. It is the apex organization of the country engaged in exploration, excavation, archaeological research & publication and preservation of cultural heritage of India.

Patna Circle is one of the oldest circles of ASI which was earlier known as Mid Eastern Circle and still earlier as the Buddhist Circle ostensibly because of the important Buddhist monuments lying in its area.

The jurisdiction of Patna Circle extends to the whole of Bihar Stat and 14 districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand state was also controlled by it,but seperate Ranchi Circle for Jharkhandstate has been created with effect from Apr 2003 and separate Sarnath Circle for 14 District of Eastern Uttar Pradesh has been created with effect from Sep 2013