Iron Age monuments in Telangana cry for attention


Archaeologist E. Sivanagi Reddy and Kotha Telangana Charitra Brundam Member Md.  Naseeruddin at the Iron Age menhir in Siddipet district of Varadarajapuram on Saturday.

Archaeologist E. Sivanagi Reddy and Kotha Telangana Charitra Brundam Member Md. Naseeruddin at the Iron Age menhir in Siddipet district of Varadarajapuram on Saturday. | Photo credit: ORGANIZATION

Several Iron Age monuments or megalithic burials dating back to 1000 BC are under threat due to development activities in Telangana, archaeologist E. Sivanagi Reddy said.

Kotha Telangana Charitra Brundam Congress Sriramoju Haragopal and A. Karunakar, Md. Based on the information provided by fellows Nasaruddin and K. Gopal, the archeologist studied the nearly extinct Iron Age burial sites on the outskirts of Varadarajapuram in Markook mandal of Siddipet district. and Kesavaram thanda in Muduchintalapalli mandal of Medchal district on Saturday.

“Until a few years ago, there were a large number of megalithic burials in Varadarajapuram consisting of huge stones in a circular plan and planted in front of them with huge stones known as Menhirs. The team only found out late, and that too is falling apart. The same is true of another Iron Age site located at Kesavaram thanda, where the funerary monuments on both sides of the road are slowly disappearing. This is leading to protohistoric evidence that the place is being wiped out,” added Mr. Reddy, who is CEO of the Pleach India Foundation.

He has raised awareness of the archaeological importance of these monuments in the local agricultural lands where they are located, and called on them to preserve the sites for posterity.

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