As per reports, the system currently has 83 antiquities including a 10th-century Shivling.
Goa Government's Directorate of Archives and Archaeology (DAA) launched the Advanced Antiquities Management System on March 30. Claimed to be the first of its kind facility in the country, this database provides information about 83 antiquities currently, as stated by reports. Brought to implementation with an objective to ensure better preservation of historically significant objects, the system gives details about an object linked to the software in a swift manner.
Shivling, sculptures & many other things stored at AAMS
The AAMS collects information using software technology. After being used for industrial devices, now it is being deployed to maintain a library of information regarding precious antiquities. Besides expanding the usage of AAMS, this measure shall be beneficial towards assuring a secure space for recording and management of valuable information regarding the objects. While one would get the details, this system also incorporates provisions for viewing the objects.
Amongst a comprehensive list of data points saved in this system, the age, material and a brief history of antiquity are some of the most prominent ones. As per reports, a tenth-century Shivling the oldest of all 83 antiquities in the system. Additionally, reports further tell that it has 12 sculptures founder under an old waterfall in North Goa and objects from a 13th-century temple.
AAMS at Goa's DAA in Panaji is a marvel of innovation
Reportedly, the AAMS housed at Goa's DAA in Panaji is a huge container, around 3 metres tall. Consisting of eight trays, the system preserves the antiques perfectly. When an object is searched for, the trays rotate in a circular fashion and the one that carries the asked article opens for viewing while the screen shows relevant facts about it. Developed by Shailendra Phatak of Pune-based I-Tech Business Solutions, the system has been manufactured using native technology. It is to be noted that it has not been linked to the online network.
A move to benefit the students and researchers
It is expected that this new system shall usher advantages for the researchers and students. After seeking permission from the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology (DAA) in Goa, students can use the system for getting valuable information that can improve their knowledge base and level of understanding. Besides providing for an easier and interactive model of information, this system also inculcates provisions for quick updating and alterations.
Additionally, the DAA will also be benefitted from this initiative as it will limit storage space and safeguard the objects from depreciating to the effects of dust and temperature control. Reportedly the deputy chief minister of Goa, Chandrakant Kavlekar affirmed that such a kind of technology was required for better management of historical objects. Given the success of these projects, there are proposals to implement a similar plan for six crore archival documents in the state.