The Ephemeral Cataract of Badami: An Early Chalukyan Artificial Waterfall?

Menon, Srikumar M (2020) The Ephemeral Cataract of Badami: An Early Chalukyan Artificial Waterfall? Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology, 87 (1). pp. 364-380.

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Abstract: The ancient city of Vatapi (modern Badami, in Bagalkot District of Karnataka) was founded by Polekeshi I in the year 543CE. As part of the fortification scheme of the city, a bund was constructed to contain stormwater and create a reservoir. A waterfall, which is basically the stormwater runoff from a cliff in the east, is the most obvious contributor to the reservoir. In this paper, I present the discovery that this is an artificially created waterfall, with a semi-circular basin cut out of the top of the cliff to the east of the reservoir, at a point where a large number of the stormwater streams converge. I also examine the possibility that this rock-cut feature was created by the Early Chalukyan builders.
Item Type: Article
Keywords: Badami, Early Chalukyan, Water Management, Artificial Waterfall, Architectural Context, Rock-cut Feature, Sandstone
Subjects: School of Humanities > Archaeology
Programmes > Heritage Science and Society Programme
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2022 05:56
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2022 06:03
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    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/2259

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