Recent Archaeological Excavations in Tamil Nadu and the Indus Sites, TS Subramanian

Tamil Heritage Trust

Recent Archaeological Excavations in Tamil Nadu and the Indus Sites
T.S. Subramanian (Frontline Magazine)
at 5.30pm on Saturday, August 1st, 2015
at Vinoba Hall, Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya, T Nagar.

This lecture by T. S. Subramanian of Frontline Magazine will focus on the excavations at the Iron Age/megalithic burial sites of Kodumanal and Porunthal and the Iron Age burial site of Adichanallur which is not, however, a megalithic burial site. Adichanallur is more of an urn burial site. The recent excavations done at Kodumanal and Porunthal by Professor K. Rajan of Pondicherry University have unearthed many pot-sherds with Tamil-Brahmi script and revealed the antiquity of bead-making industry in these two sites. The excavations done at Adichanallur by T. Satyamurthy, who retired as the Superintending Archaeologist of the ASI, revealed more than 100 urns, most of them with skeletons. Urn burials at Adichanallur were done in tiers as well.  Dr Satyamurthy re-excavated Adichanallur after a gap of 100 years. Alexander Rea had excavated the site then and came up with a cornucopia of bronze items, gold ornaments etc..

The talk will also briefly include the recent excavation of the ASI at the Harappan site of 4MSR in Rajasthan and the excavations done by the Deccan College, Pune, at the Harapan sites of Rakhigarhi and Farmana, both in Harayana. It will focus on why these sites had only Early and Mature phases of the Harappan civilisation and not its Later phase, and why these sites came up on the banks of the Ghaggar river, earlier called Saraswati river.

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