The Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage will undertake major excavation work in Talakkadu, the buried historic town where excavations started in 1992. For 900 years, the town had served as the capital of the Ganga dynasty. Historians believe that only 10 per cent of the ancient town has been excavated.
The town is located 133 km from Bangalore. The department of archaeology is awaiting final permission from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) before starting work and a 7th century Jain temple will be the first monument to be excavated.
“We applied for the excavation permission about six months ago. We are aiming to finish the excavation of the 7th century Jain temple by March 2014,” said R. Gopal, director of archaeology.
He said the excavation work will take three months. “Early excavations in Talakkadu have unearthed artifacts as old as 5,000 years. The site has immense potential in terms of old temples and palaces hidden in the sand,” Gopal explained.
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