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A study has revealed that the Thamirabarani civilization in Tamil Nadu is at least 3,200 years old.
About the study on Thamirabarani civilization
The study was carried out by the US-based Beta Analytic Testing Laboratory.
The laboratory has conducted the carbon dating analysis of rice with soil found in a burial urn in Sivakalai in southern Tamil Nadu during an archaeological excavation.
The analysis has revealed that the Porunai river [Thamirabarani] civilization belongs to 1155 BCE which is 3,200 years ago.
Encouraged by this finding, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has announced the establishment of the Porunai Museum in Tirunelveli at a cost of ₹15 crores.
Future Excavations to find Tamil Roots
The Tamil Nadu government will now conduct archaeological excavations in neighbouring states and countries in search of Tamil roots.
In the first phase, studies would be undertaken at the ancient port of Musiri now known as Pattanam, in Kerala. Similar studies would also be conducted at Vengi in Andhra Pradesh and Palur in Odisha.
Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department would also conduct research at Quseir al-Qadim and Pernica Anekke in Egypt as well as in Khor Rori in Oman to establish the Tamils trade relations with these countries.
Note: Pot shreds with Tamil scripts have been found in these countries.
Moreover, studies would also be conducted in southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam where king Rajendra Chola had established supremacy.
Source: This post is based on the article “Thamirabarani civilisation 3,200 years old” published in The Hindu on 10th September 2021.