Keeladi: What makes Tamil Nadu keep digging deeper

Although Tamil Nadu has had quite a few excavations over many years, only a few like Arikamedu and Keeladi come to mind immediately | Image - Eunice Dhivya

History has always fascinated humans. And every place in this world has some history behind it. It helps the present generation understand how man lived in a different age, what they did, how they interacted, what kind of life they led and how they set up  townships or cities. For the modern human, it has become all the more important to find linkages with his/her ancestors.

Tamil Nadu is no different. In politically charged times like ours, the recent Keeladi excavations in Sivagangai district created a buzz like no other, especially over the period of the Sangam Age’s existence, besides its purported connections to the Indus Valley Civilisation.

While experts would like facts to remain untouched, historians and archaeologists seem to have a larger task at hand to dig out the shreds of evidence left by the ancients and preserved by time.

A history of unearthing

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