Prehistoric site spotted in Nalgonda

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The Department of Archaeology has identified a rare pre-historic period habitation near Pazzur village of Thipparthi mandal in Nalgonda district. Retired senior caretaker, A. Bhanu Murthy and Technical Assistant P. Nagaraju visited the site, locally called as Pati, couple of days ago and found some antiquities like ornamental beads, spool, couple of grinding stones, red ware and black ware pottery, decorated red ware and part of rim of a storage pot at the site.

Prehistoric site spotted in Nalgonda
Prehistoric site spotted in Nalgonda
Technical Assistant, P.Nagaraju showing the antiquities found at a
 prehistoric site near Pazzur in Nalgonda District on Sunday 
[Credit: Singam Venkataramana/The Hindu]

Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Murthy, said that it would be the first pre-historic site in Nalgonda, which probably belonged to 1st and 2nd century AD. Experts from Department of Archaeology, Deputy Director, Vijay Kumar, Assistant Directors, P. Brahma Chary, B.Ramulu Nayak will be visiting the site on December 23 on Tuesday to examine the site further and study the hurdles in the way to excavate the rare pre-historic site.

Mr. Nagaraju said that these officials would submit a report to Director of Archaeology and Museums seeking permissions and grants for excavating the site after their visit.

Stating that they have also found one-foot square light weighted brick at the site, Mr. Murthy further said that the farmers unknowingly had damaged most part of the site spread in about 25 acres because they have been cultivating the area since more than four decades.

As they have also found two temples of Siva and Rama belonging to 12th Century AD just 500 meters away from this site inside the present Pazzur vilage, he said that they are strongly believing that there was habitation at this site some 2,000 years ago. He further said that the current Pazzur village might have moved from Pati, the pre-historic site, to present location after 2nd century AD for various reasons.

“We would be able to get all the truth about the site only by excavating it, he opined.

Source: The Hindu [December 21, 2014]

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