Axes, scrapers, and choppers were among the things unearthed in an ASI excavation at Natham Medu near Chennai.
What was found? In a recent ASI excavation, scholars found hand axes, cleavers, and choppers almost 12,000 years old. They also found Roman amphora sherds and glass beads, indicating some trade with Rome. The findings could help bridge a gap in Tamil history with artefacts from the Sangam ages. The site was first discovered in 1922.
- The most recent discoveries are significant for the Mesolithic artefacts previously found at Pattinapakkam. It reveals much about the culture before it became a civilisation.
- Natham Medu was likely a place where stone tools were made for hunting. The artefacts will now be sent for carbon dating to find out their ages.
Previous discoveries: In September 2019, archaeologists found a site near Madurai called Keeladi. It’s believed to have been an urban settlement of the Sangam Age on the banks of the Vaigai River.
- Now, the state Archaeology Department is investigating dig sites at Mayiladumparai and Keeladi with evidence showing the origins of the Tamil Brahmi scripts to 600 BCE.