Pothamalamenhirs Stand Guard On Ancient Necropolis

Pothamalamenhirs Stand Guard On Ancient Necropolis

Updated on 12 July, 2019

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The sighting of new menhirs in Kerala has thrown light on the possible existence of a major ancient necropolis there. Read this article to know more about the pothamalamenhirs stand guard on ancient necropolis. Details

  • It is perhaps the largest-ever sighting of menhirs recorded in Kerala.
  • A menhir is a burial monument, or tomb, of the megalithic age.
  • It is located on the Pothamala hills in the Udumbancholataluk on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border.
  • The hills have hundreds of cobbled stone structures, pointing to the existence of a structured graveyard of a prehistoric civilization.
  • The largest menhir found was 20 feet tall and 6 feet wide, with a thickness of 5 feet.
  • The menhirs were planted in a specific geometrical pattern on a cluster of hills.
  • The exquisite natural settings of the hills and dales at Pothamala made the yet-to-be-explored megalithic site different from similar sites spotted in other parts of the State. Most of these structures were oriented in the east-west direction.
  • The megalithic stone sentinels at Pothamala might hold the key to the hitherto unexplored facets of a civilization that dated back around 3,000 years
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