The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has found a Harappan-like civilisation in Tamil Nadu’s Sivaganga. The ASI said the ancient settlement has a drainage system of “baked clay pipelines” which is similar to Harappa. In the excavation of the over 2500-year-old settlement, nearly 3000 artifacts have been found.

The excavation team found a signet made of clay with ornamental design among other more than 3,000 ancient artifacts found at the Keezhadi Pallai Sandhaipudur village in this district during an excavation conducted.

The ASI officials said the ancient settlement at the village, which was on the highway travelled by traders all over the world in the ancient period, had an underground drainage system which was on par with the Harappan system. The sewage drains had been laid with “baked clay pipelines”.

The team of ASI experts includes Superintendent K Amarnath Ramakrishna, Rajesh and Veeraraghavan who are involved in the excavation work since the beginning of the digging on January 18, have claimed “the drainage system is similar to what was found in Harappan civilisation site”, they also asserted that the settlement was more than 2,500 years old, belonging to the ancient Pandiya era. They further stated that the research may continue till September this year.

Amarnath Ramakrishna said apart from signets, arrows, iron and copper weapons, rare ornaments and scribbling nail, have also been found. “It is very rare to find the constructions intact. The findings threw more light on the Sankakala Tamil civilisation”, he said.

Ramakrishna said the signs of urban civilisation were more in Keezhadi village; in fact, it was much more than Kaveri Poompattinam. The signets could have been used by the traders who sent their products with their seal, he said.


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