3,000 year old site discovered during temple renovation in India's Kodagu district
A megalithic burial site comprising a Menhir, and a complex of dolmens with unique pottery, possibly dating back to around 3,000 years, has been discovered near the Cauvery river at Siddalingapura- Arasinakuppe in Kodagu.
|The megalithic site was discovered by chance during the renovation of the Sri Manjunatha Temple |
at Siddalingapura-Arasinakuppe in India's Kodagu district [Credit: Deccan Chronicle]
The megalithic site was discovered by chance during the renovation of the Sri Manjunatha Temple at Siddalingapura-Arasinakuppe, while land was being levelled behind it. A more detailed inspection was carried out by a team from the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, MSRS College, headed by department head, T Murugeshi.
"We found a complex of dolmens buried in the soil with each having its own stone circle. There could be hundreds of dolmens. One has been damaged and is being used as a dumpyard," Prof Murugeshi told Deccan Chronicle. The Menhir, which is 3.15 meters tall and one meter wide, is reportedly the tallest found in the region.
"This is clearly a megalithic site. But more excavation is needed to clearly understand the things found here. The pyriform black jar found here is a rare one. Such jars were used to bury the remains of the head of a community, a priest or some important person at the time," the professor explained.
The department of Ancient History and Archaeology at the college intends to excavate the site.
Author: Gururaj A Paniyadi | Source: Deccan Chronicle [August 17, 2016]