Large Number of Megalithic Hat Stones Unearthed in Kerala

  • 23 Aug 2023

During a recent archaeological salvage excavation near Tirunavaya in Kerala, the State Archaeology Department discovered a substantial quantity of megalithic hat stones, also known as Thoppikkallu in Malayalam.

Key Points:

  • Unprecedented Find: This excavation is believed to possibly hold the largest collection of hat stones in an unprotected archaeological site in the state of Kerala, raising concerns about their inadvertent destruction by local residents.
  • Lack of Awareness: Many local inhabitants were unaware of the historical significance of these hat stones and inadvertently destroyed them while clearing land for construction.
  • Megalithic Burial Sites and Relics Uncovered: A distinctive rock-cut laterite burial chamber was discovered during pipeline work, leading to the retrieval of numerous earthen urns and iron implements with distinct characteristics.
  • Insight into Ancient Life: These artifacts are expected to shed light on the lifestyles and culture of the people who lived in the region over 2,000 years ago.
  • Special Ashes: Ashes found within the pots recovered from the chamber, as well as beneath the hat stones, are of particular interest to archaeologists, offering unique insights into ancient burial practices.