Paddy husk in offering bowl may help determine precise age of Keeladi | Chennai News

CHENNAI: Paddy husk, something that could help to determine the age of the site more accurately, has been found in a burial urn in Konthagai in the Keeladi cluster for the first time.
The third phase of excavation is unde rway in Konthagai, which is expected to have been the burial site of the Keeladi civilisation. In all the phases, various burial urns and skeletons, both surface and urn burials, were found by Tamil Nadu state archaeology department.
Principal secretary for tourism, culture and religious endowments Dr B Chandramohan said the 123rd urn to be exposed in the site, in trench number Z03, was intact and it contained the bones and burial goods in good condition. It contained eight grave goods, including a black-red ware pot (BRW), red slipped ware (RSW) pot and black slipped ware (BSW) ring stand with lid.
It may be recalled that it was the carbon dating done on a carbonised paddy grain in Sivagalai which helped determine the age of the Porunai river civilization to 3,200 years old, dating back to 1155 BC.
Traced at a depth of 67 cm, urn number 123 was carefully opened, and it revealed three RSW pots, three dish-cum bowls, two miniature bowls and two lids in insitu position. The skeletons were found beneath the grave goods and were sent for DNA analysis. Twenty earthenware grave goods were found inside the urn.
He said that this was the first time the archaeologists had found husks in the three seasons of excavations at Konthagai. Also, black slipped ware pots were found and highest number of earthenware grave goods were traced inside as well as outside the urn.
On the same day, yet another urn was also opened and skeletons were retrieved. It contained an intact skull, skeletal remains and a pot of RSW. Grave goods from inside the urn were traced and retrieved.

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