CHENNAI: The state archaeology department on Thursday unearthed a terracotta seal, copper coin and shell bangle from the Vembakottai archaeological excavation site in Virudhunagar district.
"The terracotta seal and the copper coins are signs of the existence of active trade in Vembakottai and its surrounding areas. The shape of the unearthed terracotta seal, unlike the previous seal, is different as it has a small bulging in the bottom which will create a small hole when it is used as a seal. The terracotta seal unearthed on August 11 had five small holes in the bottom which when used will have imprints of five holes," Pon Baskar, Vembakottai archaeological site Director, told DT NEXT.
The excavation in Vembakottai commenced on March 16 and is expected to end on September 30. More than 2,000 artefacts have been excavated from the site so far and the age of the artefacts are more than 2,000 years old. It is one of the very few archaeological sites in the state where gold ornaments were excavated.
Baskar said that the age of copper coins is much older than the gold ornaments. "In copper coin, male and female figurines are found and a flower is seen next to the female figurine. The copper coins could have been used for local trade and exchanges," said Baskar.
As far the shell bangle is concerned it should have been used as an ornament. The shell bangle was excavated without any damage and is in full shape, added Baskar.