The State Department of Archaeology and Museums has excavated cairn megalithic burials in the village of Pullur Banda in Siddpet Mandal of Medak in Andhra Pradesh. The surface of the monument had a circle of about 10 to 15 boulders with a tall menhir by its side. A large capstone having a possible weight of about 8 tonnes was fragmented into 3 pieces was found in the burial.
Excavation of a megalithic burial site in Pullurubanda in Medak in Andhra Pradesh
One burial has yielded various iron finds as daggers, arrowheads, forceps, javelins along with Black Ware, Red Ware and Black and Red ware potteries and a small broken clay ring. Another megalithic burial about 30 meters west of the menhir, pots of Black and Red Ware along with a pot comprising of bones.
The department has discovered about 50 megalithic sites spread to around 20 acres of land. Ms Sunita Bhagat, the Director of the said Department stated that the region houses Stone Circles, Menhirs, Dolmenoid Cists and Dolmens and also that the bone pieces have been sent to Indian Institute of Chemical Technology for dating the bones which would thereby date the megaliths.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015Subhashis Das.1 comment
The Hindu reports that Prof. V.Ramabrahmam has discovered a megalithic site in Palem near Kallur. Earlier in between 1997 and 2000 he had found six megalithic sites in Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh. The site in Palem is interspersed with dolmens, cists burials, stone circles and mehirs and statues.
The Hindu states that huge anthropomorphic statues which could be the depiction of head priests or king of the tribe, marks the site. Locally these are known as Pandavula Gudi, Pandava banda, Pandava gattu or Daddinala Banda.
Dr.Ramabrahmam and Sivakumar Challa of Indian Archaeology Research Group found a dolmen with a half anthropomorphic statue at Palem, near Kallur in Andhra Pradesh. Here two half anthropomorphs can be seen to have been were joined together. The villagers consider them as horns of a divine ox which they call as Devara Yadhu.
Mr Challa told to The Hindu that a port hole is carved on the eastern side of the monument to let the spirit go out.BRW was collected in situ from the site which they believe to date back to 500 BC. Credit: The Hindu.