Study on text of inscriptions intensified

MADURAI, NOV.29. The State Archaeological Department officials who are involved in a major task of studying the text of over 3000 stone inscriptions located in six southern districts have completed nearly 40 per cent of the work.

According to official sources, the work, which started nearly a year ago, was progressing slowly as only two teams were involved in the task. In September, some more teams were formed to expedite the work and finish it as early as possible. Now five teams, consisting of three or four members, have been deployed and the work is going in full swing. These teams will simultaneously carry out the work in different locations.

The work has been divided into two parts covering three districts in each phase for quick and easy execution.

In the first part, which is under way, Madurai, Dindigul and Theni districts will be covered in which texts of 1300 stone inscriptions will be taken. Of this, the text of nearly 1200 stone inscriptions had been taken so far and the rest would be completed by the first half December, sources said.

At present, the teams are reading the stone inscriptions located at Kodaikanal and Palani in Dindigul district.

In the next phase, the districts of Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Virudhunagar will be covered in January after the completion of the ongoing work.

Pointing out that there were nearly 2000 inscriptions in various places in these three districts, the sources said that it would take a minimum of six months to complete the job.

Though the text of some of the stone inscriptions in these regions would have already been taken out, the teams would again repeat the process. While the work in Madurai, Dindigul and Theni districts took just a little more than two months, for the other three areas it is likely to take six months, since the number of inscriptions are twice as that of the first area.

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