Saturday, September 19, 2015

Pattanam Excavations or a Farce - Has Oxford and Other Western Universites studied the site.

KCHR asked to hand over Pattanam excavation 

 
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/archaeologist-calls-for-excavations-at-kodungalloor/article2324054.ece

Dr. Nagaswamy said there was lack of evidence to show that the artefacts unearthed at Pattanam came specifically from Rome. ‘‘We are yet to get more information that this is connected directly to Italy,'' he said.
T. Sathyamoorthy, former Director, Department of Archaeology, Kerala, presided. The ‘Muziris-Attimariyude Reethisasthram' published by the Muziris Heritage Preservation Forum was released on the occasion.
The site of Pattanam is located near Parur in Ernakulam District of Kerala. It was declared by the KCHR MHP  that the aim of the MHP  was to excavate and discover the lost settlement of Muziris, the ancient Chera capital on the Periyar River basin and hence named MHP . The geomorphology of Kodungallur, considered ancient Muziris, was examined by Geologists KK Nair and CS Subrahmanyam in 1993 in the archaeological context, which revealed that the area has been completely disturbed and the habitation material deeply buried due to tectonic changes.

Professor PM Rajan Gurukkal, historian and one of the members of the MHP  also admitted that the site was unfit for any archaeological excavation as the soil has been virtually tampered for various construction purposes and digging of wells leaving no space for stratigraphical analysis of the cultural remains which have agglomerated.
The Malabar Coast has both submergent and emergent characteristics. The Periyar River which drains the region has a long history of frequent floods due to heavy monsoons.
Archaeological Survey of India had made detailed excvations in and around Kodungallur, with Highly reputed scholars such as  Mr.K.V.Saundararajan,   Prof.Dr.Raman  and Mr.N.G.Unnithan and Dr.M.G.S.Narayanan as observer, they went in for detailed research mainly because of the so called   “Myurikodu” is called as Kodungallur in Jewish copper plate referred below said by Dr.Raman in his book.
 Archaeological sites such as
Cheraman Parambu,
 Thiruvanchikulam,
 Karuppadanna,
Mathilakam,
Kilatali and
 Thrikkulasekharapuram provided cultural remains of iron and copper tools, glass beads, semi precious stones, ceramics of dull red ware, celadon ware roof tiles, earthen lamps and coins. They are all dated between 900-1100 A.D. First Human habitation in Kodungallur and Vicinity took place in 9th Century CE.


Dr.Cherian had said in an interview We have over 129,000 artefacts from the excavations,”. When Archaeologists asked him that you calim artefacts from 10th century BCE to 5th Century CE, Which pit got which, he said we have mixed all  artefacts.

Is this the way Western universities do their research?

Let ASI redig  the same pits and find the possibilities of such dating and so many artefacts in such pits possible.

Pictures  in Current Science  Vol.97; No 2 2009-July "Chronology of Pattanam-A Multi Cultural Port Site on the Malabar Coast" - P.J.Cherian


KCHR gets award for excellence  
29th September 2011   http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/article368757.ece

Vice-Admiral K N Sushil, Flag Officer Commanding in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, presenting the Excellence Award of National Maritime Foundation to KCHR Director P J Cherian 


WHERE ARE THEY, IN 2011 ALL LEADING Archaeologists and Historians Visited site to be shown empty pits

 

   



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Why P.J.Cherian Imports Oxford Experts for Pattanam Excavations?


bosco puthoor St. Thomas Christians and Nambudiris, Jews and Sangam Literature – A Historical Appraisal’, Bosco Puthur (Editor)

Church History Association of India Congratulates Pattanam Excavators




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