India’s largest capstone discovered in Telangana

Archaeological Survey of India excavates artefacts


March 27, 2017

/ By / New Delhi

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Archaeologists in Telangana have unearthed some artefacts at an ancient human burial site. The findings could lead to tracing of human habits from prehistoric times.

India’s largest capstone was discovered in the southern Indian state of Telangana. The officials who were excavating an ancient human burial site in the state’s Siddipet district found it during the process.

“The ancient human burial site excavated by Telangana Archaeology in Narmeta village in Nangunuru mandal has led to a stunning discovery of the India’s largest capstone,” informed D Ramulu Naik, Assistant Director, Archaeology Department.

The massive capstone is being planned to be lifted with coordinated efforts by SS Rangacharyulu, archaeology consultant and K Padmanabha, assistant director (museums). On March 21, the 40 tonne capstone was excavated at the site in Narmeta village. A crane was used to remove the stone – 6.70 metre long and 4 metre wide – in a four-hour operation, Indian media reported.

The archaeology department will soon undertake DNA testing of various artefacts that have been discovered at this site, which will help in tracing the lineage of prehistoric humans, their food habits, lifestyle and how their population later became extinct, the officials said.

Officials have found at least 50 megalith burial sites, which have been classified as Menhir, Cairns and Dolmens. Scientists said that capstones were used to protect corpses from predators as prehistoric people believed that the soul continues to live even after death.

This is, however, not the first time that an artefact has been discovered in the state. Last year, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered nearly 3,000 artefacts at the Keezhadi Pallai Sandhaipudur village in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu during an excavation. A signet made of clay with ornamental designs was among them.

ASI officials also spoke of the ancient settlement at the village, which was on a highway travelled by traders from all over the world. According to experts, the village had a drainage system that was at par with the system during the Harappan civilisation, thus, indicating more on the functionality of people from that time.

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