Excavation resumes at Adichanallur and Sivakalai sites
The excavation of historic civilisation sites at Adichanallur and Sivakalai in Thoothukudi district resumed on Thursday after being suspended in May because of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Department of Archaeology resumed the second section of the excavation at Adichanallur and Sivakalai and began the primary section at Korkkai on February 26 this 12 months. But the work was halted on May 10 as an intense lockdown got here into pressure throughout Tamil Nadu.
Burial urns had been discovered at the primary two sites, whereas 2,700-year-old brick works and the remnants of a conch-cutting unit had been discovered at Korkkai.
The excavation resumed after the curbs had been eased. Since the Union authorities has given permission for excavation until September, the Department of Archaeology has expedited the work.
Writer Muththaalankurichi Kamarasu, who petitioned the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court for excavation at Adichanallur, Sivakalai and Korkkai, mentioned it needs to be performed at 37 spots cited by a British archaeologist as “archaeologically important areas”. Though the Tamil Nadu authorities has appointed officers and allotted funds, the excavation is but to realize momentum.
“The recent rain has brought to light burial urns in the Vasavappapuram area on the Tirunelveli-Thoothukudi border, which should be excavated. The Tamil Nadu government should also take steps to locate the buried temples at Kongarayakurichi, near Srivaikundam, on the banks of the Thamirabarani,” Mr. Kamarasu mentioned.