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Excavation of megalithic site begins

P. Sridhar
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It is being done by a team headed by noted archaeologist K.P. Rao

Team spirit:Students participating in excavation on the campus of SR&BGNR Government Degree College in Khammam on Thursday. —PHOTO: G.N. RAO
Team spirit:Students participating in excavation on the campus of SR&BGNR Government Degree College in Khammam on Thursday. —PHOTO: G.N. RAO

A team led by K.P. Rao, a noted archaeologist and professor in the Department of History, University of Hyderabad, has embarked on an archaeological excavation of the megalithic site situated on the campus of the historical SR&BGNR Government Degree and PG College here.

The ambitious exercise is aimed at unearthing the antiquities and preserving the archaeological wealth for posterity. The college has also drawn up a plan to develop a site museum on its premises with the help of government agencies and donors.

Surface study

The Archaeological Survey of India gave its consent for excavation of the megalithic site earlier this year. The History Department of SR & BGNR Government Degree College conducted a surface study of the megalithic site under the supervision of Prof . Rao with the aid of equipment such as GPS a few years ago.

The study established that the campus contained more than 20 megaliths, several of them in a damaged state, scattered randomly across the complex. Taking a cue from the findings of their surface study, the department came up with the idea of preserving the megalithic site and treasuring the glorious cultural heritage.

“We have embarked on excavation of two stone circles and one stone circle with cairn pack burial of the megalithic site dating back to nearly 3,000 years,” Prof . Rao said.

Speaking to The Hindu here on Thursday, he said the excavation would help in gaining a deeper insight into the past.

The excavation may yield antiquities such as pottery, iron tools, and other material of archaeological importance, he said, adding that the antiquities obtained in the excavation would be subjected to scientific analysis at a later stage.

“The excavation would not only help provide new insight into the history but also treasure our vibrant cultural heritage,” said college principal S. Madhava Rao.

Several students of the History Department, including a host of NCC cadets, were taking part in the heritage conservation mission, said John Milton, a history lecturer.


  • The site is situated on the campus of SR&BGNR Government Degree and PG College

  • The exercise helps in gaining deeper insight into the past, he says


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