Minister for Tamil Official Languages and Tamil Culture Ma Foi K Pandiarajan on Thursday said that the state archaeological department has excavated more than 900 artefacts in the recently completed fifth phase of excavation at Keezhadi.
He also said according to the report of first three phases, it was established that handicrafts and dying units thrived in Keezhadi.
Based on the first three phases of excavation, the state archaeological department took over the fourth phase of excavation in Keezhadi for which the state government allotted Rs 55 crore. 34 trenches were dug in which 5,820 artefacts were unearthed.
In the fourth phase, gold jewels, copper objects, various types of beads, 56 broken pieces of pottery containing ‘Tamil’ script and so on were unearthed.
The fifth phase of excavation commenced in June, this year, for which Rs 47 lakh was allotted. After the recent release of the report of fourth phase of excavation the enthusiasm of people on Keezhadi has increased and so large number of people started visiting the excavated site. However, due to the recent rains there is problem in displaying artefacts and so steps are taken to display them in Madurai. Visitors are permitted till October 13 and after that all the minor works will be completed at the place of excavation.
The permission for the sixth phase of excavation has been sought with ASI and once the permission is obtained it will commence by January, next year.