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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.

3,000 year old site discovered during temple renovation in India's Kodagu district
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]
While a dolmen is a square stone structure with primary or secondary bone remains and pottery covered by a mega capstone, a Menhir is a large upright  undressed stone standing on or near the burial site.

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]
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