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A golden civilisation beckons from underground at Adichanallur

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    19th Aug, 2022


Adichanallur has been renowned for a treasure trove of archaeological findings ever since Dr. Jagor from Berlin first excavated it in 1876.


  • Excavations have been resumed after nearly one-and-a-half decades, in the southern wedge of Tamil Nadu.
  • It has yielded a wealth of materials, including gold, metals and human remains that will help archaeologists reconstruct the framework of a civilisation.


  • Adichnallur lies in the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu.
  • The urn-burial site was first brought to light during a “haphazard excavation” by a German archaeologist in 1876.
  • Following this, an Englishman Alexander Rae excavated the site between 1889 and 1905.
  • Over the years, the site has gained attention because of three important findings: the discovery of an ancient Tamil-Brahmi script on the inside of an urn containing a full human skeleton, a fragment of broken earthenware, and the remains of living quarters.
  • In 1903-04, British archaeologist Alexander Rea unearthed a treasure of over 9,000 objects here.

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