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Iron Age habitation found in Srikakulam

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Worthy effort: The archaeological site at Sangamayya Konda in Srikakulam district. — Photo: Arrangement
Worthy effort: The archaeological site at Sangamayya Konda in Srikakulam district. — Photo: Arrangement

Fresh evidence on the proto and early historic man and his activities have been discovered by a freelance archaeologist, Kadiyala Venkateswara Rao in his recent explorations conducted on the hills of Sangamayya Konda, in Amudalavalasa mandal in Srikakulam district.

The site known for the Jaina vestiges and Buddhist monasteries also yielded megalithic (Iron age) habitations. There are rock cut grooves on either side of the natural rocks that facilitated insertion of wooden rafters to be covered by thatched materials for protection from sun and rain.

Mr. Rao said it showed that the Iron Age man made his dwellings comfortable. Earlier, he had discovered dolmens and megalithic remains at a nearby by site called Pandavulametta and Sailada hills.

P. Chenna Reddy, director of archaeology and museums, on close observation of the artefacts that have been brought here revealed that the iron chisels recovered from Sangamayya hill date back to the Iron Age not so far reported from any other archaeological site of North Coastal Andhra region.

Prof. Reddy said Mr. Rao also located a Buddhist site littered with brick bats, potsherds and terracotta tiles used for the monasteries of the Buddhist monks. There was clear evidence to prove that the caves originally inhabited by the Iron Age man was later occupied by the early historic man. Further exploration may unfold the mystery, Mr. Rao added. Prof. Reddy appreciated the efforts of Mr. Rao and issued instruction to the Assistant Director, Visakhapatnam, to inspect the site and send proposal for scientific explorations on the hills.

Site discovered by archaeologist Kadiyala Venkateswara Rao in Sangamayya Konda of Amudalavalasa mandal

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