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Current State of Megalithic Research in Kerala, India

Author(s): Rajesh Vasantha ; Abhayan GS ; Akinori Uesugi ; Ajit Kumar ; Neha Gupta

Year: 2017

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Megalithic studies in Kerala started with the discovery, excavation and publication of burial site at Chattaparamba in Kozhikode district by James Babington in 1819. While a number of archaeological investigations on Megaliths in Kerala have been carried out since then, very few of them document the location, distribution and nature of these monuments. Megalithic burials are highly visible on the landscape and are often subject to excavation, yet, we currently lack an understanding of the society and the people who constructed these monuments. In recent years, large-scale construction projects and rapid growth in house construction throughout Kerala has led to the destruction of large number of Megaliths. In this context, the Department of Archaeology at the University of Kerala in collaboration with the University of Kansai (Japan) and Memorial University (Canada) is preparing a gazetteer of reported Megalithic sites in Kerala. In this paper, we discuss the Kerala Megalithic Gazetteer Project, the available archaeological data, and excavations and explorations undertaken under the project. We present preliminary efforts to better understand the density and distribution pattern of Megaliths in Kerala in relation to their physical and social landscapes.


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Current State of Megalithic Research in Kerala, India. Rajesh Vasantha, Abhayan GS, Akinori Uesugi, Ajit Kumar, Neha Gupta. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430685)


Keywords

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Kerala Megalithic

Geographic Keywords
South Asia


Spatial Coverage

min long: 59.678; min lat: 4.916 ; max long: 92.197; max lat: 37.3 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16845

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America