CHENNAI: The next phase of archaeological excavations in 7 sites of Tamil Nadu will begin in February and will contribute in establishing that the history of the Indian subcontinent began in Tamil Nadu's terrain, according to Chief Minister M.K. Stalin.
The chief minister said in a statement on Thursday that the findings of the excavations will highlight the antiquity, culture, and values of Tamil society, and that the state government has approved a budget of Rs 5 crore for the project. The Chief Minister further stated that past discoveries at Keezhadi and other ancient sites have proven that Tamil civilization was several centuries older than previously supposed.
Keezhadi and its adjacent lands, such as Konthagai, Aagaram, and Manalur, will be excavated. This is the ninth phase of excavations that will take undertaken in these regions in the Sivaganga district of South Tamil Nadu.
Sivakalai in Thoothukudi district (third phase), Gangaikondacholapuram in Ariyalur district (Phase III), Myladumparai in Krishnagiri district (Phase II), Vembakottai in Virdudhunagar district, Thulukkarpatti in Tirunelveli district, and Perumpalai in Dharmapuri district are the other locations where excavations are planned (Phase I).