`Sanganakallu’ is one of the earliest village settlements in south India, opined Senior Fellow of Dr V S Wakankar Archaeological Research Institute, Government of Madhya Pradesh Dr Ravi Korisettar on Wednesday.
He was speaking after inaugurating a special lecture on `Sanganakallu: A decade of Archaeological Research’ organised as part of centenary lecture series by the Department of Studies in Ancient History and Archaeology at its premises.
He said that about eight km from Ballad is the Sanganakallu complex of hills (also referred to as Peacock hills) where archaeologists have discovered one of the earliest village settlements in south India. “These settlements date from the Neolithic period (3000 BC – to the beginning of the Christian era). The region is considered the largest stone tool producing centre anywhere in south India, he added. Further he said that the Sanganakallu village settlement, spread over an area of 1,000 acres, is considered the largest village complex known so far. “The rock art that can be seen on the boulders of the hill chain is evidence of rituals and social ceremonies involving ringing rocks, still preserved by way of hand-percussion marks.” Sanganakallu has been an archaeologist’s delight be-
cause of a high concentration of findings in a small area. Over the years, they have carried out a series of multidisciplinary investigations. Many archaeologists from all over the country and abroad have worked in this area and the findings have been published in many leading journals devoted to archaeology.