Keezhadi excavation leads to ancient civilisation on the banks of Vaigai

World class archaeological museum to be established in Thoothukudi: Minister

Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture and Archaeology Minister Thangam Thennarasu along with other Ministers and MP Kanimozhi at Sivagalai in Thoothukudi district on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: RAJESH N

Steps will be taken by the Tamil Nadu government to establish a world class archaeological museum in Thoothukudi, said Tamil Official Language and Tamil Culture and Archaeology Minister Thangam Thennarasu here on Sunday.

He was inspecting the ongoing excavation at Sivagalai, accompanied by MP Kanimozhi, Ministers Geetha Jeevan and Anitha Radhakrishnan, Field Directors Prabhakar and Thangadurai and District Collector K. Senthil Raj.

Speaking to reporters, he said that the excavation at Sivagalai, when completed, would hold a key chapter in the Indian history. According to experts and epigraphists, the findings showed the culture and tradition of the people, who had lived here back then. The artefacts, so far, collected from here may be exciting for research fellows and the academic world apart from tourists .

The government, Mr Thennarasi said, would take measures to preserve the artefacts and showcase them in a museum. Like Keeladi, he endorsed that Sivagalai too had many interesting facts, like pottery, antiquities and a few rare Tamil Brahmi inscriptions, copper coins and swords et al.

In-depth study and scientific examination of some of the skeletons unearthed from here would be conducted by the authorities in the Madurai Kamaraj University, which would throw more light on the accurate age of Sivagalai, he said and added that places including Sekkalai, Avarankadu, Parakramapandi Thiradu and Vellai Thiradu would be declared as preserved zones.

Chamber delegation

The Thoothukudi Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry secretary D. R. Kodeeswaran in a memorandum submitted to the Minister urged for establishing a museum near Palayakayal and showcase the artefacts that were excavated from Korkai, Agaram, Sivagalai, Adichanallur and Vasavapuram.

The artefacts collected from Korkai in 1968 were stored at a museum in Korkai village and subsequently shifted to Madurai and Chennai in late 1990s. These rare collections should be brought back here, the memorandum said.


Our code of editorial values

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Oct 26, 2021 7:14:43 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Madurai/world-class-archaeological-museum-to-be-established-in-thoothukudi-minister/article35266388.ece

In Depth
Keeladi: Unearthing the 'Vaigai Valley' Civilisation of Sangam era Tamil Nadu
Seventh phase of Keeladi excavation to wrap up soon
Second ring well found at Agaram
For the first time, Keeladi site yields iron dagger with wooden handle
Silver coin found at Keeladi reveals economic activities of settlement
First ring well with design unearthed at Keeladi site
Another ring well found at Keeladi
You are reading
World class archaeological museum to be established in Thoothukudi: Minister
Gold ornament found at Keeladi
Fifth phase of excavation reveals discoveries unique to Keeladi
Keezhadi excavation: MKU, Harvard University to collaborate in DNA study
Seventh phase of excavation at Keeladi inaugurated
Survey on to finalise location for excavation
Keezhadi excavations: Sangam era older than previously thought, finds study
Archaeological excavations set to begin in seven more places in Tamil Nadu
Carbon dating confirms Keezhadi site is from Sangam era
Scientists discover oldest known human-made nanostructures in ancient artifacts in Tamil Nadu
Geological investigations begin at Keeladi and Agaram
ASI declares site and remains at Baghpat to be of national importance
Microlithic tools found in Agaram and Sivagalai
Ring well unearthed at Keezhadi
Indepth excavation planned at Gangaikonda Cholapuram
Burial urn of Megalithic era unearthed at Kodumanal
HC disapproves of ASI's 'slow work' in Keezhadi excavation
Keezhadi excavation: what was found and what they mean
ASI begins third phase of excavation at Keezhadi
Keezhadi excavation to continue for 3 more years
Archaeologist involved in Keezhadi project transferred
Archaeologists have found 5,800 artefacts in Keezhadi after two years of digging.
A boost to Keezhadi finds
Nod for further excavation at Keezhadi
Keezhadi: ASI refuses to commit to time frame on next leg of excavation
HC allows ASI to shift Keezhadi artefacts to Dehradun lab
TN for continuation of excavation in Keezhadi: Minister
RARE RELIC: Potsherds discovered at Sulapuram site. Photo: Special Arrangement
History resurfaces
Unearthing an advanced and vibrant civilisation at Keezhadi
Ancient brick structure found at the ASI's excavation site at Keezhadi.
A dead city beneath a living village
Second phase of excavation begins
Decorative pot found in Keezhadi
Uncovered: Pandyas-Romans trade link
Of kings and temples
Next Story