Archaeology Artefacts going back to Sangam-era unearthed at Kodukkur in Villupuram



Excavation carried out by a group of scientists led by Arts College teacher.

Archaeology Black and red potsherds and pieces of amphora, indicating the existence of a human settlement, were found at Kodukkur near Thiruvakkarai in Villupuram district. Photo: Special Arrangement

Black and red potsherds and pieces of amphora, showing the presence of a human settlement, were discovered at Kodukkur near Thiruvakkarai in Villupuram district. Picture: Unique Plan.


Excavation brought out by a team of scientists led by Arts College teacher.

Artefacts and potteries going back to the Sangam duration were uncovered at Kodukkur village, located on the banks of the Sankarabarani river in Villupuram district throughout an.

The artefacts consisting of black and red ware, cone-shaped shaped bowls, part of amphoras, numerous kinds of jars and covers with intricate carvings were found spread in a stretch of 50 acres of agricultural lands on the southern bank of the river. The website lies near the National Fossil Wood Park in Thiruvakkarai.

The site was discovered by a group of researchers led by D. Ramesh, assistant teacher of History, Federal Government Arts College, Villupuram. According to Mr. Ramesh, the site came to light when a group of workers were digging earth in the land belonging to Jayabalan for constructing a brick kiln.

A preliminary excavation exposed red ware, black ware, ring stands spread around the location. “We also found bones, parts of amphora and big bricks similar to the one discovered in Keezhadi and Adichanallur in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu,” he said. The evidence suggests that this location must have been a site habituated by people dating back to the Sangam period, he added.

While Kodukkur town lies on the south of the Sankarabarani river, Thiruvakarai, understood for its fossil wood, lies on the northern side. Proof showed that this was a thickly inhabited municipality, Mr. Ramesh stated.

Villupuram Member of Parliament D. Ravikumar, who went to the site on Thursday, stated the deposits discovered at the site dated back to over 2,000 years and had significant historical significance. Big bricks comparable to those found in Keezhadi and various kinds of containers were among the artefacts discovered here, he said.

Mr. Ravikumar said he had actually informed T. Udayachandran, Commissioner of Archaeology, of his check out and prevailed upon him to immediately depute a team to Kodukkur to carry out excavation at the site.