Iron Age Megalithic Site and Mesolithic Rock Art Discovered in Telangana

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Archaeologists unearth a unique Iron Age Megalithic site at Ooragutta near Bandala village in SS Tadvai mandal of Mulugu district, Telangana.

An Overview of the News

  • Additionally, the team uncovers two new rock art sites at Damaratogu Gundala mandal of Bhadradri Kothagudem district, Telangana.

  • One of these sites, dubbed "Devarlabanda Mula," exclusively features depictions of animals without any human figures. Experts speculate that the paintings date back to the Mesolithic age (between 8000-3000 BCE) due to the absence of weaponry or domesticated animals in the artwork.

Iron Age Megalithic site:

  • Newly discovered Iron Age megalithic sites in India boast unprecedented monument types unseen elsewhere.

  • At the Ooragutta archaeological site, distinct features defy the conventional 'Dolmenoid Cists' prevalent in the area.

    • The arrangement of side slabs conforms to the cap-stone shape, resulting in a unique configuration for the dolmenoid cist.

  • These monuments are estimated to originate around 1,000 BCE.

  • Notably, the majority of monuments in this region typically exhibit square or rectangular forms.

Archaeologists Team:

  • K.P. Rao: History Professor at the University of Hyderabad

  • Ch Praveen Raju: Research Scholar at Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh)


  • Chief Minister: Anumula Revanth Reddy

  • Governor: C.P. Radhakrishnan

  • Zoological Parks:

    • Nehru Zoological Park

    • Vana Vigyan Kendra Mini Zoo (Kakatiya Zoological Park)

  • Airports:

    • Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

    • Begumpet Airport

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