Estimated to be around 2000 years old, burial urns called “Mudhumakkal Thazhi” have been discovered in Mavadiya area of Karur district of Tamil Nadu. The archaeological remains were unearthed in the premises of a Government Elementary School in the area.
While construction workers were digging below 10 feet in order to lay the foundation of a water tank that was to be placed overhead in the school, they unexpectedly hit upon the ancient remains.
Upon being informed by the school headmaster, the district administration sent an inspection team at the school. After conducting a survey, the inspection team found pieces of mortar bricks and three urns.
As reported by the Times of India, officials from the archaeology department of the state said that the remains appeared to be at least 2000 years old. However, their exact age can be verified only after a detailed analysis.
Thandikudi in Kodaikanal, Kodumanal in Erode and Aathichanallur near Thoothukudi are some other places where similar burial urns have been found in Tamil Nadu.
S Nantha Kumar, curator of Chera Museum of the archaeology department of Tamil Nadu, revealed that as per an ancient Tamil practice, a huge earthen pot, that used to be known by the name Mudhumakkal Thazhi, was created to bury old people when they died.
Elaborating further on the discovery of these ancient burial urns, Nantha Kumar said,
The history of Mudhumakkal Thazhi is over 3000 years old and these pots should be at least 2000 years old if we go by the black and brown color. Pieces of bones that have been found with the pots further add value to our theory of it being Mudhumakkal Thazhi. We are going to send a report to the commissioner of the state archaeology department.