Stone structures resembling animal shapes, believed to belong to the megalithic period, have been found at Vadamangalam village in Kancheepuram district.

The excavation is being done by a team from Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathy Viswa Mahavidyalaya University campus, Enathur. Ramakrishna Pisipathy, professor and geoarchaeologist said the excavation started in mid-February. The presence of such structures in the area was reported by Archaeological Survey of India in 1960s.

“We started the excavation in the campus after seeking permission from the ASI. Usually, urn burials and dolmens are found. But, this is perhaps rare to find such structures,” he said.

Iron tools and small vessels were also found at the site. The stone structures had shapes resembling tortoise and a reptile. There were no human remains found.

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