More than one-and-a-half years have passed since a group of history students of the town-based SR&BGNR Government Degree and PG College, led by noted archaeologist K.P. Rao, discovered a wide range of antiquities during an archaeological excavation at the megalithic site on the campus of the college here.
The painstaking excavation efforts by the team that comprised several history students and NCC cadets, besides the staff of the college, which lasted for several weeks, yielded a wide variety of historical objects of immense archaeological significance.
The excavation unearthed various types of historical remnants of the megalithic age, including four types of pottery – Red slipped ware, black and red ware, plain red ware, and black burnished ware, besides a few iron objects, skeletal remains in the burials.
The strenuous task was carried out by the team headed by Prof. Rao of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) with an objective to preserve the archaeological wealth for posterity. It was initially proposed to develop a site museum on the college premises with the help of the government departments concerned and donors to showcase the archaeological findings.
Some of the historical objects discovered at the site have been preserved at the museum in the UoH in Hyderabad. The remaining antiquities, including various types of pottery, have been lying at the NCC room of the college here since then in the absence of an archaeological museum in the town, sources say.
Although a team of Archaeology Department officials made a field visit to the megalithic site on the campus of the college to explore the possibilities of setting up a museum at the protected site last year, it has failed to make much headway.
When contacted, John Milton, lecturer in history and Associate NCC Officer, SR&BGNR College, said a proposal was on the anvil to allot a separate room for display of the antiquities unearthed at the megalithic site on the college campus.