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P. Sridhar
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Exploration done by students of UoH and Khammam college in Gundala forest

Valuable find:Students of University of Hyderabad and SR & BGNR Government Degree College, Khammam, engaged in exploration in Gundala forest area in Khammam district.— PHOTO: G. N. RAO
Valuable find:Students of University of Hyderabad and SR & BGNR Government Degree College, Khammam, engaged in exploration in Gundala forest area in Khammam district.— PHOTO: G. N. RAO

Students of the University of Hyderabad and SR & BGNR Government Degree College, Khammam, led by their faculty chanced upon three new megalithic sites near Kistapuram in the Gundala forest area during an exploration training programme.

The three-day training programme at Kistapuram concluded on Monday evening on an exciting note with the discovery of the sites of historical significance. A total of 15 PG students including two Ph. D students of University of Hyderabad led by the history department head K. P. Rao and eleven students of SR & BGNR Government Degree Collegeheaded by lecturer in history Lt. John Milton took part in the exploration.

Treading the tough forest terrain, the team comprising several girl students discovered more than hundred megaliths including one female anthropomorphic statue spread in a radius of over 4 km near Kistapuram. Prof Rao, who is a noted archaeologist with several discoveries to his credit, including the 3,000-year-old megalithic complex near Padugonigudem in the same mandal last year, has guided the students in locating and identifying the monuments with a handheld GPS.

The team claimed to have discovered monuments with unique features not so far reported from this region. “This region is well known for megaliths with round trimmed stone circles,” Prof. Rao said. Speaking to The Hindu , he said one monument with a square enclosure, unique in megalithic context from the region, has been found at the newly discovered site. Another important discovery is the rock engraving of a person holding a baby situated in front of a dolmen, he said, adding that such figures have not been reported from any part of India. Another unique finding is the stone carved lid on one of the stone sarcophagus (coffin). Our team has also noticed boulder dolmens, dolmens with cut blocks, dolmenoid cists, Prof Rao said.

The team also visited another site near Padugonigudem which resulted in the discovery of a unique stone vat or vessel. Such vats are reported from some megalithic sites in Southeast Asia.


  • Team discovers monuments with unique features not so far reported from the region

  • Visit to another site near Padugonigudem results in the discovery of a unique stone vat



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