Excavation of Megalithic burial site

The Department after exploring the archaeological potentiality of the site i.e., Menhir and Megalithic Burial site at Pullur Village has submitted proposals to Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, Government of India to accord permission for conducting excavation during the field season 2014-15.

The proposal was examined by the Central Advisory Board of Archaeology and Director General, ASI has accorded the permission. After receiving the permission, the department is conducting excavations of the Megalithic Burial Site under the supervision of Departmental Officers on scientific lines. The excavations started on 9th of July 2015 and continued for another 15 to 20 days.

Megaliths are a special class of Monuments in Deccan particularly in Telangana State. Almost all types of megalithic monuments like menhirs, stone circles, dolmens and dolmonoid cists are reported in hundreds of villages in all Telangana Districts. Discovery of cruciform monoliths in male and female forms known as Statue-Menhirs on the Mallugrugutta (Warangal) Galabha, Kachanapally (Khammam) is a unique feature in the megalithic culture of the mid-Godavari valley. The Megalithic monuments located in Telangana are usually dated anywhere between 1000 B.C and 200 A.D.

At Pullur Banda village (18°10’34″N 78°48’41″E), Siddipet Mandal, Medak district, there are nearly 50 Megalithic burials located. These are classified into three types viz., Menhir, Cairns and Dolmens. With a view to understand the culture and traditions of the Megalithic communities of this region two burials are selected for excavation.