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Information sheet: Minister for Cultural Affairs M.A. Baby releasing a brochure of the Archaeology Department on Edakkal petroglyphs by presenting a copy to M.R. Raghava Varier, historian, on the cave premises on Thursday.
Information sheet: Minister for Cultural Affairs M.A. Baby releasing a brochure of the Archaeology Department on Edakkal petroglyphs by presenting a copy to M.R. Raghava Varier, historian, on the cave premises on Thursday.

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Archaeology Department to take over Thovarimala petroglyphs

KALPETTA: Minister for Cultural Affairs and Education M.A. Baby has said that the petroglyphs (images incised in rock) at Thovarimala near the Edakkal caves will be taken over by the Archaeology Department and steps will be taken to conserve them.

(The rare historic treasures at a cave in Thovarimala throw light on the human habitation in Wayanad since ancient times. It is about 5 km from the Edakkal caves.)

Launching a Rs.50-lakh project for conserving the Neolithic petroglyphs in the Edakkal caves on the cave premises on Thursday, Mr. Baby said a blueprint for the conservation of the Edakkal caves had been drawn up by the Archaeology Department in association with the Tourism Department after discussions with experts.

He said the State government had sanctioned a Rs.5-crore project for the development of infrastructure in the Edakkal caves as part of the Malabar package. As a part of the conservation drive, restrictions would be imposed on the number of visitors. A replica of the caves would be made at the foothills of Ambukuthy for senior citizens. The Minister released a brochure on the Edakkal caves, published by the Archaeology Department, by presenting a copy to Prof. M.R. Raghava Varier, historian. P.P. Krishnaprasad, MLA, presided over the function. M.I. Shanavas, MP, was the chief guest. Dr. V. Venu, Tourism Secretary; K.K. Mohanan Pillai, Director, Archaeology Department; P.P. Gopi, District Collector; Dr. RaghavaVarier; and Dr. S. Hemachandran, Superintending Archaeologist, State Archaeology Department; spoke.

The Minister also laid the foundations of an Adhyapaka Bhavan at Sulthan Bathery.

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