Archaeology A pilot job to map and document monoliths in Karnataka



The Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage has actually introduced a pilot task in Mysuru taluk to map unprotected monoliths.

A group of officials, consisting of an assistant archaeologist, is part of the exercise, and so far 10 towns in Varuna hobli have actually been covered, with 55 hero stones and six inscrip-tions recorded throughout the last three days alone.

The Commissioner for Archaeology, T. Venkatesh, informed The Hindu that this was a pilot job part of a more comprehensive strategy to survey and map all the unprotected monuments in Karnataka. He said there were 844 monoliths under the Archaeology Department presently, but this number has to be upgraded. “The pilot job will give us a concept of the sort of human and financial resources that will be required to take up the mapping workout all over the State,” said Mr. Venkatesh.

Even in case the monuments and artefacts do not satisfy the criteria for defense as defined by the Archaeological Survey of India and the National Objective on Monuments and Antiquities, their documentation is essential as it will assist establish a pc registry and a database of monoliths, he added. The mapping group is looking for the assistance of regional gram panchayat members and senior villagers who tend to be aware of the presence of temples, hero stones and engravings within their village and gram panchayat limitations.

According to specialists, there are at least 35,000 to 40,000 unprotected monuments in the State. Authorities think that in case the workout is not used up, then there are possibilities of losing some invaluable heritage monoliths and artefacts strewn throughout the State as there is constantly the threat of theft and damage. In case of temples, the exercise will help identify their limits so regarding avoid encroachment in future.