Efforts are on to get iron-age burial grounds and monumental temples of Kerala included in the World Heritage List, M. Nambirajan, Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, Thrissur circle, has said.

He was addressing a national seminar on ‘Linking archaeology and history: the Kerala contest' at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi hall here on Saturday.

The UNESCO World Heritage List comprises heritage and cultural properties, which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. The Heritage List includes 704 cultural, 180 natural and 27 mixed properties.

“The Archaeological Survey of India and State Archaeological Department have prepared separate lists of monuments to get conferred with the world heritage status. The ASI list includes a group of monumental temples, burial grounds and forts. Edakkal caves and Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple are there in the list of the Archaeological Department,” Mr. Nambirajan said.

As of now, the State does not have any monument with World heritage status. Under the jurisdiction of the Kerala unit of the ASI based in Thrissur, there are 27 protected monuments of Kerala and 10 of Tamil Nadu. Mr. Nambirajan said the objective of the seminar was to create awareness and interest among youngsters about historical monuments and heritage structures in the country.

Speaker K. Radhakriahnan inaugurated the seminar.

Delivering the key-note address on ‘Epigraphical researches in Kerala – problems and prospects', historian and epigraphist M. R. Raghava Warrier said that the popular method of paraphrasing the epigraphs was unscientific.

The Archaeological Survey of India, Thrissur circle, in association with the Kerala Historical Research Society organised the seminar in connection with the World Heritage Week.

A photo exhibition of world monuments was organised at the venue.

At present, the State does not have any monument with World heritage status.

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