GUNTUR: Noted archaeologist Dr Emani Sivanagireddy discovered a cluster of burial structures of the Iron age at Pinnelli village in Machavaram mandal in Palnadu region of Guntur district.
He conducted a thorough survey of the monuments on Sunday and noticed six burial structures measuring 2×2 metres with a height of one metre built of huge Palnadu limestone slabs in the shape of chambers, called Dolmens topped by huge cap stones.
Speaking to media on Monday, Dr Reddy said that all the historical structures facing serious threat of disappearing from the place as the locals were unaware of its significance. He said that the structures were mercilessly removed and thrown away as if they were ordinary stones.
He said that the 3000-years-old burials were located amidst agricultural fields and on the cart track in the village. He said that it represents the burial practices of the Iron Age or the Megalithic people, who erect structures of stone slabs to enshrine the corporeal relics and deposit the belongings such as implements, pottery, beads, bangles of the dead inside the chambers.
Dr Sivanagireddy said that he had noticed a few pot shreds of black polished and black and red ware, typical to the Iron age, scattered near the burials. He sensitized the villagers on the historical and archaeological significance of the Iron Age monuments and requested not to cause any damage to the structures. Dr Reddy appealed to the state department of archaeology and museums to protect and preserve these monuments for posterity.

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