Monday, October 12, 2015

Pattanam Excavations- Internationational Universities Must Answer

KCHR Website says following Western Universities have been collabrating with them in Pattanam Excavations.

Group members in KCHR TEAM
    Dr Shinu Abraham (St Lawrence University, USA)
    Dr Lucy Blue (Southampton University, UK)
    Prof Robin Coningham (Durham University, UK)

    Dr Federico De Romanis (Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata", Italy)
    Dr Derek Kennet (Durham University, UK)

    Dr Raghava Varier (Arya Vaidyasala Kottackal, Kerala, India)
    Dr K Rajan (Pondicherry University, India)
    Dr Steven Sidebotham (Delaware University, USA)
    Dr V Selvakumar (Tamil University, Tanjore, India)
  Dr Heidrun Schenk ((Tissamaharama-Projek des Deutschen Archäologischen Institut, Bonn, Germany)
    Dr KP Shajan (UK)
    Dr Y Subrayalu (Institut Français de Pondichéry, India) 
    Dr Kesavan Veluthat (Mangalore University)
"The Hindu" Brand Ambassador for KCHR Carried many photos of Western Scholars in Excavation fields.
Archaeological Survy of INDIA  Excavations in 1947 and 1969 said-  

ASI Excavated Kodungallur in 1947, under P.Anujan Achan  and found articles of 14th century or later only. KERALA CHURCHMEN AND POLITCIANS put on pressure showing the above referred Copper plate and wanted ASI do more detailed Survey  Archaeological Survey of India under Highly Reputed Archaeologists went for excavation K.V.Saundararajan , K.V.Raman and Dr.Unnithan (1969-70). Archaeological sites such as  
Cheraman Parambu, Thiruvanchikulam,  Karuppadanna 
Mathilakam ,  Kilatali ,   Thrikkulasekharapuram etc.,  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...   Virgin soil below..

Dr.K.V.Raman wrote a book on his excavations in Tamil and has given details about Kodungallur excavations in each of his locations and all locations in and around Kodungallore (Cranganore) had same type and that Human Habitation took place in Later chera period in 9th Century CE Only and this is uniformly found in all locations. 

KCHR With its Brand Ambassador "The Hindu" spread lots of news.
Excavations  - Pattanam   here   says The site at Pattanam covers approximately 1.5 sq. km and the core area measures about 600 x 400 m
With in an area of this size and Pits of same size and depth gives more than 129,000 artifacts  a varying of period 2000 years  difference, from 10th Cen BCE to 10th Century CE.
KCHR Released Pictures include 

 On November 2011 at Tiruvananthapuram Joint Annual Conference of Indian Archaeological Society (ACIAS), Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies (ISPQS), and Indian History and Culture Society (IHCS) was held.  
Dr.Cherian presented  a paper on his Pattanam Excavations, when questions were raised by World renowned Archaeologists - No Convincing Reply from Dr.Cherian.
ALL Pits of same size within an area of 600 Meters x 400 Meters
But Artifacts are dated between 1000BCE to 1000 CE. 
THESE EMPTY PITS WERE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR  World renowned Archaeologists at Site.

No Township or a Port City structure has been found till date.
Muzuris the Ancient Port as per Sangam Literature located in Western shore, on the banks of Peeriyaru, this is most likely to be  Bharathappuzha river also Peraar which is similar to Peeriyaru, near Kozhikode. There are many small ports here which well could have been Muziris. Wayanad hill area gave the Pepper for Exports - main product for Muziris.
As per KCHR 2008 Brochure
Foreign scholars affiliated to KCHR
1. Dr. Roberta Tomber, Department of Conservation, Documentation and Science, The British Museum, United Kingdom 
2. Dr. Karashima, Professor Emeritus, Epigraphist & Ceramic Expert University of Tokyo, Japan 
3. Dr. Steven Edward Sidebotham, Department of History, University of Delaware, USA
4. Prof. Robin Andrew Coningham, Durham University, United Kingdom 
5. Dr. Paul T. Nicholson, Egyptologist, United Kingdom
6. Prof. Ian C. Freestone, Glass Ware Expert, United Kingdom 
7. Dr. Lucy Blue, University of Southampton, U.K
 8. Prof. De Romanis Fernando, Largo dell’ University, Viterbo, Italy   

Other Foreign scholars  who have accepted their claims 
Professor Bruce Kapferer, University of Bergen, Norway
Professor Istvan Perczel, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Dr. Irving L. Finkel (The British Museum, London, UK)

Do this Scholars support that all this 130 Thousand artifacts of 2000 years period variation   have been excavated from this site. Why everytime doubts were raised KCHR official publication removes such claims.

Kodungallur was under sea till early 9th Century beyond doubt, this Pattnam is 9kms south. No urban architectural features has been found till date. 
KCHR has not come to any conclusion that Pattanam is Muziris. -    Prof K.N. Panikkar, chairman of KCHR -
Emeritus Professor of South Asian Archaeology, Cambridge University, Prof.Chakrabarti has strongly raised doubts about KCHR Excavations.  
Kerala Council for Historical Research Indian Institute of Archaeology (IIA /IndIA), Pattanam, India now claims as experets and started Professional courses on Archaeology.
Let all these Universities confirm that they have found a Old Port City and in such small area and of in various Pits of similar heights a variation of 2000 year old Artefacts are possible.
All Universities otherwise must openly dissociate from KCHR Pattanam.

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