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Archaeology of South India: Tamil Nadu

K.S. Ramachandran (Author)
Synopsis Archaeological research in India after independence has been steadily increasing, thanks to the universities introducing archaeology as a subject at Master’s Degree level. Tamil Nadu is no exception to this Several ancient sites viz. Kanchipuram, Arikamedu, Uraiyur, Kaveripattinam, etc., have been excavated, bringing to light exhilarating vestiges and evidences glorifying the culture of the Tamils. This book presents a rapid survey of the results of the excavations and explorations in Tamil Nadu carried out both in the pre and post-Independence days, Besides providing a topographical background of the area concerned, the book deals with the Stone Ages highlighting the results of the digs in the Korttalaiyar valley for the Palaeolithic times, the excavations at Paiyampalli and sites in Dharmapuri District for Neolithic levels. The Iron Age of Tamil Nadu is well represented, apart from the evidence from Paiyampalli, by the characteristic burial monuments excavated ad the iron repertoire. Sometimes during the closing century of the pre-and the beginning of the Christian era, the development of script for the Tamil language is attested. Early historical period, commencing a couple of centuries before Christ and lasting for about four centuries in the A.Ds. may be considered as the Augustan Age of Tamil Nadu, as confirmed by the excavations and so elaborately described in literature. The author has correlated the excavated remains with the literary data, viz. the Sangam classics; a commendable attempt. The book is well illustrated with maps, line drawings and photographs.
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About the author

K.S. Ramachandran

Kattalai S. Ramachandran (b. 1926) graduated from the University of Madras in History and Economics in 1947. Soon after, he joined the Archaeological Survey of India associating himself with the explorations and excavations aspects of the Survey. For more than a quarter of a century Ramachandran has participated in almost all the major excavations conducted by the Survey viz. Sisupalgarh, Sanur, Ujjain, Lothal, Kalibangan, Purana Qila, etc., and has specialized in the Iron Age, particularly of Tamil Nadu. He has also developed a lasting interest in art and iconography. Ranachandran has contributed more than four-score research papers of lasting interest to various journals, besides editing more trhan half a dozen books. His other books are: A Bibliography on Indian Megaliths; Radiocarbon Dates of Archaeological sites in India; A Bibliography of Harappan cultures of India and The Neolithic cultures-an annotated bibliography.

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Title Archaeology of South India: Tamil Nadu
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1980
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175740124
length xv+218p., 3 Maps; 41 Figures; 27 Plates; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.