Situating megalithic burials in the Iron Age-Early Historic landscape of southern India

Haricharan, Smriti and Achyuthan, Hema and Suresh, N (2013) Situating megalithic burials in the Iron Age-Early Historic landscape of southern India. Antiquity, 87 (336). pp. 488-502. ISSN 0003-598X

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Abstract: The megalithic burials of southern India—a wonderfully varied set of monuments—have long needed a chronology and a context. Broadly contemporary with the Roman and Sasanian empires, these dolmens, cairns and cists have continually raised contradictions with their material contents. The authors attack the problem using luminescence applied to pottery at the site of Siruthavoor in north-east Tamilnadu. Although sharing material culture, this first pilot project gave dates ranging from 300 BC to AD 600, so exposing the problem and perhaps, in OSL, its long-term solution.
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Keywords: South India, Tamilnadu, Siruthavoor, Iron Age-Early historic, first millennium BC, first millennium AD, dolmens, stone circles, cairns, cists, urn burial, OSL
Subjects: School of Humanities > Archaeology
Divisions: Schools > Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2014 05:49
Last Modified: 08 May 2015 10:25
Official URL: http://antiquity.ac.uk/ant/087/ant0870488.htm
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    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/635

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