Stalin moots archaeology centre in Madurai to protect Keezhadi artefacts
Welcoming the report released by the state government about Keezhadi, which suggested that the region might be an extension of Harappan civilization, DMK president MK Stalin urged the Tamil Nadu government to prevail upon the Centre to declare Keezhadi as a protected area.
In a statement issued on Friday, Stalin said since the recent discovery of artefacts in the Keezhadi excavation belonging to Sangam era, the state government should establish the Southern Archaeology Center keeping Madurai as its headquarters.
“This would help to maintain ancient monuments in southern Tamil Nadu and it would also pave the way to conduct many excavations,” he added.
Stating that excavation by ASI has also revealed an ancient and important landmark of Tamil civilization, the DMK leader said that the state government should also demand the Centre to set up a national museum at Keezhadi.
Stalin pointed out that since archaeologists were able to excavate more than 5,000 artefacts, including Tamil inscription, it shows that the Tamil language existed more than 2,000 years ago. “At this juncture, the officials should work day and night in the excavation process and should create awareness among the people across the country about the old civilizationthat existed in Tamil Nadu,” he added.
“At least now, people in other states would understand how old and how important the Tamil language is,” he said and hailed authorities’ initiatives to carry out further excavations in the region near Keezhadi.