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Ancient terracotta lamp unearthed intact at Vembakottai in TN

Chennai, May 3 (BPNS)

Excavations at Vembakottai in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu have unearthed an ancient terracotta lamp, which according to archeologists is an intrinsically decorated one.

Archeologists who were part of the excavation told BPNS that this was the first lamp that they have collected as a full and complete piece while fragments of such terracotta lamps were unearthed earlier.

Tamil Nadu state archeology department has been carrying out exploration at Mettukadu in Vijayakarisalkulam panchayat from March 14 onwards in four trenches. The fifth trench has commenced a few days ago and during this, the archeologists found a terracotta lamp.

Pon Baskar, the excavation director from the state archeology department while speaking to BPNS said, “ This is the first time a full lamp was unearthed from a trench and we are expecting more such materials in the coming days.”

R. Balachandran, a retired banker and an enthusiast of archeology while speaking to BPNS said, “ I am an enthusiast of archeology and have found some compelling evidence during my amateur studies. I have been relentlessly pursuing with the state government to order a detailed study at Mettukadu and now this has happened. The unearthing of a full-sized terracotta lamp is a treasure and in the days to come such treasures will be unearthed from this place.”