Wednesday, July 11, 2012

800 antiquities unearthed in Chikmagalur

The University of Mysore's museum of ancient history and archaeology will be home to recently excavated antiquities of the Satavahana period (1st century BC to 3rd century AD).

The treasure was found during excavations at Haluru near Anuvahahalli in Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur district. They were done under the directions of N.S. Rangaraju, professor of Ancient History and Archaeology at the university.

Speaking to The Hindu, Prof. Rangaraju said around 800 antiquities were found during the four-month exercise, believed to be among the biggest taken up the varsity in recent years.

The finds included, to a numismatist's delight, Roman coins and coins from the Satavahana period.

These, he said, would enrich the university museum at Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, which is a repository of nearly 8,000 artefacts collected from various excavations. However, they will be displayed only after submission of the interim report of the excavations to the Archaeological Survey of India. "The report may take up to six months, in view of the voluminous data collected by the team," the professor said.

Via http://www.thehindu.com/arts/history-and-culture/article3621306.ece?homepage=true&css=print