‘Tunnel’ has no archaeological significance, says official

Archaeology Department officials measuring the pit that was discovered at Dandumailaram village in Ranga Reddy district, on Friday.—Photo: Singam Venkataramana  

After visiting Dandumailram village, where a massive pit that resembles a tunnel was discovered, Archaeology Department authorities said that the pit has no archaeological significance .

Following a news report published in The Hindu on Thursday, Deputy Director of Department of Archaeology and Museums, P. Brahma Chary visited the site on Friday and said that no evidences of tunnel construction or bunker construction were found inside the pit. The massive pit could have got created due to sliding of land within. However, he said that he was not sure about it. He urged the State government to constitute a team comprising expert scientists from Earth Science, Geology and Archaeology departments to study its formation.

Though some villagers got into the pit during the past four days after its discovery on July 19, the archaeology officials did not venture into it as they felt there were chances of emanation of poisonous gases and possibility of land sliding. Mr. Chary said the team must be assisted by the Fire Department since they wanted to widen the pit and also needed ladders and other support to get inside it and collect soil.

However, the officer was surprised how a layer of four-foot soil was formed on such a massive 15 x 20-foot pit. On July 19, some labourers who were digging a pit for erecting electricity pole, stumbled upon the massive pit when the crowbar slipped into it.

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