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Call for concerted action to get recognition as world heritage structure

Resolution calls for takeover of caves by Union Archaeology Department

Plea to Centre to grant fellowships to study rock engravings in Wayanad

Kozhikode: Participants in the 12th Congress of the Rock Art Society of India (Rasi) have called for a quick and concerted action to gain recognition for the Edakkal Cave as a world heritage structure at the three-day meet which concluded in Sulthan Bathery on Monday.

The delegates, drawn from across the country, were quick to welcome the announcement at the conference that an archaeological survey had been planned by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in and around the place where Edakkal Cave is situated. The survey is expected to give a fillip to the ongoing campaign of archaeologists to put the pre-historic rock shelter on the global map of heritage structures. The ASI will like to launch the survey in January next year. However, it will have to get the clearance of the State government. ASI’s superintendent in Thrissur said the State government would be approached soon for its consent for conducting the survey.

The congress was organised by the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manava Sangrahalayam at Bhopal, coming under the Union Archaeology Department and the Malabar Institute of Research and Development at Vadakara.

The meet adopted a resolution on Monday calling for action by the Union Archaeology Department to take over the Edakkal Cave so that it would be considered by UNESCO for inclusion in its list of world heritage structures.

The resolution also called for programmes for development of the Edakkal Cave, believed to be nearly 7,000 years old.

The participants made an appeal to the Central government to grant fellowships for study of rock engravings found in the wooded Wayanad district. An exhibition of photographs of ancient art was held as part of the convention.