“Research is a continuous process and there is a lot more that can be done in archaeological research of Karnataka,” said the former director, Deccan College, Pune, K. Paddayya here on Sunday.

Speaking at the release of a book, “Karnatakadalli Puratattva Adhyayanagalu”, he said that Karnataka is rich in historical and archaeological heritage. He said that places such as Bellary and Raichur were rich archaeological sites and were discovered as early as 1860.

He, however, said that Karnataka offers tremendous scope for archaeological research. Mr. Paddayya also delivered a lecture, “Review of Archaeological Studies in Karnataka”.

He said that the role of non-professionals in this area of research was vital. “Archaeology should not be made a purely academic endeavour. There is a need to pass on this knowledge to the common man,” he added.

C.B. Patil, former Deputy Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), said that the book had topics ranging from archaeology in India to early historic archaeology.

Historian S. Shettar spoke about the need for such books in Kannada. He said that most books pertaining to history were in English and books such as this in Kannada were the need of the hour.

The book is priced Rs. 110.

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