CM lays foundation stone for museum in Keezhadi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today laid foundation stone for a state-of-the-art museum at Keezhadi in Sivaganga district.

Keezhadi excavation site is a Sangam period settlement that is being excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India and the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department.

This site is located 12 km southeast of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, near the town of Keezhadi in Sivagangai district. This is a large-scale excavation carried out in Tamil Nadu after the Adichanallur archaeological site.

Recently, four weighing stones of different sizes and spherical in shape have been unearthed from Keeladi excavation site in Sivaganga district. The Tamil Nadu state archaeology department is currently conducting the sixth phase of excavation at the site.

Deputy director of archaeology R Sivanandam said they had discovered the stones over the past one week. One stone was discovered on June 25 at a depth of 1.22 meters in one of the quadrants. It was spherical in shape and black in colour.

Skeletal remains of another child were excavated at Konthagai as part of the sixth phase of ongoing excavations in the ancient site of Keeladi. The child’s skeleton was located only around 0.5 metres from the remains of the first child which were found on June 19.

Deputy Director of Archaeology and in-charge of the excavations R. Sivanandam said it was found around two weeks ago because of its proximity to the skeleton of the first child. It was 95 cm in height and located about one metre below ground. This too, like in the case of the first child they found, was a surface burial, he said