Indian Archaeological Survey has unearthed the names of over 670
labourers and masons who helped building the Taj Mahal.
The names, written mostly in Persian, were found etched into the
sandstone walls and peripheral structures on the northern side
of the monument.
"Most of these masons came from Iran, Central Asia and
India. The names have been meticulously divided into sections
such as dome makers, garden development department, furnishing
workers and inlay artists." the superintending
archaeologist, D Dayalan was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
One of the world's most famous monuments, the Taj Mahal was
built in memory of Shah Jahan's favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
took 20,000 craftsmen and workers 22 years to build the Mughal
emperor's mausoleum for his beloved wife. Shah Jahan himself was
also later buried in the Taj Mahal.