A golden civilisation beckons from underground at Adichanallur
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.