- September 10, 2021
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject – History
Context – ‘Thamirabarani civilisation 3,200 years old’
- In a development that has the potential to rewrite the history of the Indian subcontinent, a US-based lab has carbon-dated the remaining discovered from an ancient civilization in Tamil Nadu to at least 3,200 years.
- The finding has established that the Porunai River (Thamirabarani) civilization dates back to 3,200 years.
- The results of the Beta Analytic Testing showed that rice and soil existed dates back to 1155 BCE.
- This is the oldest civilization perhaps, older than the Vaigai civilization which is believed to be 2,600 years old.
- The findings of artefacts at the excavation sites proves that the civilisation existed prior to 4th century BC.
- A silver coin that was found at the Keezhadi excavation with sun, moon engravings belong to 4th century BC, that is prior to the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka’s period.
- Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said in the assembly that a museum will be set up at Tirunelveli to exhibit findings from the excavations, at a cost of Rs.15 crore. The museum will be called Porunai, an ancient name for the Thamirabarani river.