Indian Archaeologists have found the names of 670 labourers who built the Taj Mahal.
bq. The names, written mostly in Arabic and Persian, are etched on the sandstone used in the wall and other peripheral structures on the northern side of the Taj Mahal, the Asian Age newspaper reported. Some names were also written in Hindi, the report said, quoting D. Dayalan, a senior official at the Archaeological Survey of India. Dayalan and his staff also found tridents, stars, geometrical patterns and flowers carved into some of the sandstone, implying the masons and labourers were drawn from diverse religions. “Since many of them were illiterates, they denoted symbols as a mark of their identity,” Dayalan said. ["CNews":http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Science/2004/07/06/527091-ap.html]