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Seven burial sites, dating back to Megalithic period, identified in Pudukottai district

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TRICHY: Seven burial sites, dating back to Megalithic period, in the form of cairn circles have been identified in the reserve forest area of Pudukottai district on Wednesday. The sites were discovered by the members of Archaeological Research Forum of Pudukkottai (ARFP) during their explorative study a couple of days back.

According to ARFP members, two of the cairn circles were being worshiped by a section of people for over a century. “Located in the Melachungadu forest, in the foothills of Nedumalai in Malayadippatti, these structures had not been spotted by archaeologists yet,” said A Manikandan, founder of ARFP and a research fellow on ancient science at Thanjavur Tamil University. He said ancient Tamil literature has the reference of stone circles, where ancient Tamils honoured their leaders with great valour by erecting a stone circle for them. While there were no inscriptions found around the cairn circles, Karu Rajendran, president of ARFP said that the cairn circles discovered here could be dated back to 2500 BC to 1500 BC. Hero stones and cairn circles were part of culture during Megalithic era, he said.

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Rajendran stressed on studying these cairn circles through scientific methods like carbon dating and extensive genetic study to reveal its exact age. Seven cairn circles have been identified, which withstood the test of time, he added. The stones in the circles are laterite, red in colour. The eastern edge of the site has a burial chamber, made of stone slabs of granite. Few of the circles are made with the stone slabs, which are available in this area. The northern cairn circle has a diameter of 24 feet and four circles have 14 feet diameter. The forum asked the state government to carry a survey in this area and secure the location to preserve our heritage

(source : TOI)

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