Pipeline workers stumble over 2000 years old megalithic site at Nagaparamba in Kerala
The recent discovery of numerous megalithic hat stones at Nagaparamba, near Tirunavaya, has the potential to shed light on the ancient life and culture of people who inhabited the region over 2,000 years ago.
The recent discovery of numerous megalithic hat stones at Nagaparamba, near Tirunavaya, has the potential to shed light on the ancient life and culture of people who inhabited the region over 2,000 years ago. Hat stones, known locally as "Thoppikkallu" in Malayalam, were used as lids for burial urns during the megalithic era. This excavation, conducted by the State Archaeology Department, is significant as it possibly represents the largest collection of hat stones at an unprotected archaeological site in the State of Kerala.
Unfortunately, many of these hat stones were unintentionally damaged or destroyed by local residents while clearing land for construction purposes. These individuals were unaware of the historical significance of these artifacts.
Archaeologist K. Krishnaraj, who led the recent salvage excavation, emphasizes the need for a comprehensive survey to document these discoveries and the site itself. The excavation also revealed an unusual rock-cut laterite burial chamber, which contained a wealth of artifacts, including earthen urns and unique iron implements. These findings have the potential to provide valuable insights into the ancient way of life and culture in the region.
The excitement generated by the recovery of these hemispherical hat stones has prompted local residents to call for the preservation of the archaeological site. They argue that Tirunavaya, located on the banks of the Bharathapuzha, deserves recognition as a heritage village due to its historical significance. Salman Karimbanakkal, a teacher and archaeology enthusiast, urges the government to acknowledge and protect the rich heritage of Tirunavaya and its surroundings.