Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Saturday, Mar 26, 2011
ePaper | Mobile/PDA Version
Google



Andhra Pradesh

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary |

Andhra Pradesh - Hyderabad Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Antiquities unearthed at Kotilingala

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Excavations conducted by the State Department of Archaeology and Museums at pre- Satavahana historic site of Kotilingala in Karimnagar district has unearthed antiquities datable to 4 {+t} {+h} century BC to 2 {+n} {+d} century AD, throwing new light on history of Telangana region.

Located on the right bank of Godavari river, Kotilingala was the capital of Assakajanapada, considered one of the 16 great janapadas of early India. The site and its neighbourhood had contacts with Magadha during the time of Buddha, as attested by Suttanipata, according to P. Chenna Reddy, Director of Archaeology and Museums, who visited the place on Friday.

The site yielded coins issued by pre-Satavahana kings. Coins of Chimukha, the founder of Satavahana dynasty and those cast in lead copper issued by later kings were found. Brick structures, storage jars, pottery, crystal beads, semi-precious stones, glass and terracotta pieces, sealings made of terracotta, iron implements including knives, razors and nails were recovered.

Discovered way back in 1974, the department has conducted excavations from time to time and laid bare an extensive fortification with bastions on all corners. The historic core inside the fort has secular buildings and public utilities built in bricks. The early fort at Kotilingala was identified as one of the 30 walled cities and finds mention in Greek ethnographer, Megasthenes' work, Indica.

Excavations conducted under the guidance of Prof. Reddy last year brought to light Buddhist remains of Buddhapadas, sculptures and Chaitya.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail



Andhra Pradesh

News: ePaper | Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Retail Plus | Classifieds | Jobs | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update



The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | The Hindu ePaper | Business Line | Business Line ePaper | Sportstar | Frontline | Publications | eBooks | Images | Ergo | Home |

Copyright 2011, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu