TO continue the third season of #KEEZHADI EXCAVATION A PETITIONS TO PMO-தமிழர்கள்
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Letter to hon'ble PM of India:
In a year-long survey conducted in 2013, the state Archaeology department had identified nearly 293 Sangam Age towns along the course of river Vaigai -#keeladi. They have revealed that a well civilised and sophisticated habitat oriented in cardinal directions, which suggest the prevalence of systematic urban planning dating back to 3rd Century BCE. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) did commence its first season of work, from February to September 2015, in 43 quadrants wherein brick structures available in the construction of house buildings, Rouletted and Arretine potsherds were excavated. The finds suggest trade links with other parts of the country and abroad. The Roman artefacts found at the site add to the evidence of ancient Indo-Roman trade relations.
The second season of excavations in 2016 have confirmed with the total exhibits of antiquity, exceeding 5300, of varied types like glass beads, semi-precious gemstones, pearl beads, iron implements, shell bangles, ivory dice etc. Pot shreds with Tamil Brahmi inscriptions point to the presence of a highly literary society; Tamil Sangam age- establish Tamil royal dynasties of Pandyas. Graffiti of Sun and Moon demonstrate that they had ‘astronomical sense’ too. The excavated exhibits reveal the functioning of industrial units with technological equipment for purification of water, conveyed through open as well as concealed earth pipes. With all these, it has been established that Sangam period (3rd Century BCE to 4th Century CE) of Tamils described on urban civilisation and cosmopolitan in nature includes some trades, business. Even paripatal too explained about such a terracotta pipes excavated in the keeladi.The archaeological experts who had been associated with the excavations of Indus Valley Civilisation site in Gujarat were involved in the Keeladi archaeological excavation assignments. The details of the excavations have revealed that the nature of civilisation that prevailed in Keeladi is on par with Indus Valley Civilization of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa which are now in Pakistan territory.
Further proceeding in the excavation work by ASI will definitely bring out more evidence for arriving at the well-civilised living led by the people of the territory, related to the pre-historical period of 2500 years ago.
So far, the excavations were carried out only in 50 cents of land on the basis of agreement for a specific period. There is scope to continue the archaeological work in an extent of 110 acres of privately owned land holdings. It is said that the expenditures of Rs 25 lakhs in 2015 and Rs 30 lakhs in 2016 was incurred for the establishment of the archaeological team and carrying out excavations which are very meagre compared to the trove of the treasure of historical significance, probably to be acquired.
The exhibits of archaeological excavations of the first phase had already been sent to Regional Museum of Natural History, Mysuru of Karnataka. Due to the voluminous materials excavated so far, it is very pertinent and of practical convenience to establish one onsite museum at Keeladi itself.
The dimension of archaeological significance of Keeladi is wide with pre-historical facts, compared to the earlier archaeological excavations, conducted at Adichanallur (1904), Arikamedu (1947) and Cauvery Poompattinam (1965). Those excavations were stopped abruptly. Such a discontinuance of archaeological survey should not happen at Keeladi.
The third season of excavations has to be commenced for which formal proposal has been sent to the Government of India. Further work must be assigned to a larger team of archaeological experts to facilitate the excavations in the much wider area.
We appeal earnestly to the Governments both at the Centre and the State to act swiftly to bring out the cultural heritage of the people of the land for the proof of which a lot of archaeological evidence are required. The evidence, excavated so far and likely to be excavated in future at Keeladi will definitely add strength to such archaeological mission
Madras HC allows ASI to shift Keeladi articles to Dehradun for study However, some political party stopped the shifting of the 2nd season excavations of keeladi -tamil civilisation from our TamiNadu.
Both the Archaeological Survey of India and the Department of Archaeology, State Government of Tamil Nadu must continue with their special efforts through allocation of adequate financial resources including due compensation to the owners of the land holdings where excavations were carried out during the past and probable holdings in future besides allotting site for the construction of onsite museum.
Even UNESCO have provision to protect the heritage site. But the keeladi excavation is just closed with the tarpaulin above the soil, which have not withstood for long period of time.
Even some archaeologist predicted that this site is indirectly nexus archaeological site like Harappa. Mr Amarnath Ramakrishanan, Superintending Archaeologist got a Transferred on 24/03/2017 to Assam, and All 25 Members transferred to some other places. This will directly affect the 3'rd level digging. Central government always behave like this narrow mind for Tamilnadu. This is not the first time. This group already having good knowledge about this project if govt changed some new persons or officers they can't invest this much depth like this team.so, please cancel the transfer order of the official, if it so possible, why because of they are well knowledge` about the site
Mr Amarnath Ramakrishanan, Superintending Archaeologist said that the archaeologists need at least 10 years to explore the site to know the clear picture about the civilisation and the urbanisation of keeladi
Even this year budget, fund allocation for the department of the archaeological survey has inadequate to continue the 3rd season of excavation at keeladi. PMO should take the step forward to action for further excavation of the richest of the civilisation of Tamils which helps historians shall re-write an original history of Tamils.
still, the centre government not more concerned about digging more sites. This is will enrich our India's history. At least to continue the excavation of keelzadi then continue Adichanallur site too.
further, include the carbon dating of the keeladi excavation artefacts.Now, we are faith in Our hon'ble PM of India, Narendra Modi to take action in favour of public interest to excavate the southern state sites such as Keeladi, Adichanallur, Arikamedu and Cauvery Poompattinam site
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