Adichanallur, site where oldest Tamil inscriptions were discovered, throws up more gems from history

Thoothukudi: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) unearthed last week a gold diadem from a huge burial urn while excavating the museum site at Adichanallur on 8 August. This is the second gold ornament found at Adichanallur in the recent excavation phase.

Adichanallur is the site in Tamil Nadu from where the oldest inscriptions in the Tamil language dated between 905 BC and 696 BC were discovered years ago.

Excavations at the site had stopped about 2 years ago, which met with strongly criticised by Tamil people, especially politicians. They condemned the 'abandoning' of excavation at Keeladi, near Madurai, where a Sangam Age urban settlement had been discovered. The ASI recently began its excavations again at Adichanallur.

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