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Megalithic burial sites found

A series of 20 megalithic burial cairn circles have been found on a hillock in Madugala village in Mahbubnagar district by a team of archaeologists and historians. 

Twenty megalithic burial cairn circles found on a hillock in Madugala village in Mahbubnagar district by archaeologists [Credit: The Hindu]
The burial sites are encircled by 14 to 20 huge boulders and are topped by a huge 4x2 metre capstone, dating to 1,000 B.C. These remnants of Iron Age and the Satavahana era have been found in Mahbubnagar region for the first time, according to P. Chenna Reddy, Director of Archaeology and Museums, who headed the team. 

Other members of the team were E. Sivanagi Reddy, Officer on Special Duty, Archaeology and Museums Department, J. Jaikishan, K. Jitendra Babu and D. Surya Kumar from Deccan Archaeological and Cultural Research Institute (DACRI) Hyderabad. 

Prof. Chenna Reddy said the team also discovered a huge Satavahana site in an extent of 100 acres littered with bricks (58x29x7 cm), black and red ware, red polished ware, pottery of different sizes, terracotta beads, shell bangle pieces, iron slogs and stone millers datable to 1st century B.C to 2nd Century A.D. On the north east corner of the village, an earthen rampart with a moat has been noticed confirming it as a Satavahana fortified settlement. Scientific clearance of the site may yield valuable material culture of the Satavahanas, he added. 

The team also found two other megalithic sites located at Irwin and Charagonda in the district and about a hundred cairn circles and two huge stones datable to 1000 B.C. 

Source: The Hindu [February 11, 2012]

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