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This wasn't a place to wash clothes, but its use is unclear. The very existence of the tank was only rediscovered in the 1980s, when archaeologists excavated the buried site. Recent scholars are persuaded that the tank was originally built by the Chalukya kings in the 11th or 12th century at a site near Dharwar, 50 miles to the west. Five hundred years later, in the 16th century, the blocks were numbered, removed, transported, and reassembled here. Apparently the job wasn't executed in its entirety, because the original tank was larger; as reassembled, the tank is lacking two tiers. Davison-Jenkins suggests that the tank was originally fed in part by a nearby well and perhaps as well by water rising through the stone floor of the tank, but Longhurst in 1917 has a photograph of the channel chute sloping to the ground and hinting at but not revealing the buried tank. (See Philip Wagoner's paper in the collection edited by Verghese and Dallapiccola.)

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