Kalady Megalith PleasuresAncient Megaliths and Mysteries | February 29, 2012
There are three types of burial urns that are said to go back to around 2000 years. These have actually been excavated at a site in the region of Kalady which is has been researched on. These urns are said to be remains of archaeological excavation in this part of the world and they belong to the early Iron Age period or the megalithic period. These were found by Marottikudy Varkey somewhere near the St. Martin Kadavu on the banks of the River Periyar. There have been researches who have come across great findings here and the place was being dug up for constructing a house.
There is an archaeology Museum at Thirupunithara Hill Palace who happened to visit the place in and then found the urn burials as something very extraordinary. He also said that these urns were all conical in shape and were quite different from the other urns that are shaped like a round and that were excavated in the other parts of this state sometime back.
It has also been said that urns could have been buried sometime in the 6th century BC and also the 2nd century AD. There are many officials who actually feel that skeletal pieces and small pots have also been recovered from the site. These materials were sent to the Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleo Botany in the city of Lucknow and used for carbon dating.
A team of researchers excavated these urns and the contents got affected due to the fact that it rained very heavily. The biggest run measured around 4.5 feet high and around 2.75ft in diameter.
The lower half was around 2.75 ft tall. The height of the upper portion couldn’t be determined s the damage that has been caused over the years has not been ascertained. This is a handmade red and black ware and had an egg shaped appearance. There is a prominent rim that was seen in the middle part and this joined the two halves.
Then there was a second urn which was around 3 feet high this has an inner diameter of around 1.5 feet and is located on the northeast side of the main urn. This is around three feet below the ground level. This has a lid that is similar to the big urn. The bottom p portion is very flattened. Then there is the third urn which is small in size and is around 2.75 feet from the main urn. There were small earthen plates that were broken and these were also seen near the urns. There have been more excavations that have been done in the Periyar banks and the team that excavated also found many tools of different sizes and shapes. Research and many excavations have identified many sites with such important discoveries, and then there have been projects that have been held to collect evidence which would mark the existence of many remains that actually date back to the Megalithic and Neolithic periods.
Many archaeologists believe that the burial urns were found in Kalady a place in Kerala and that it is surprising that this place also has been having a civilization existing since the past 2,500 years. The excavation shows the typical megalithic culture of south India.
Megaliths are a way of proving what could exist in this part of the world. The Kalady megaliths are a way of proving that there have been lovely civilizations that have been existing here since times immemorial.