Ivory gamesman discovered in Tamil Nadu at Keeladi excavation

The most recent finds include an ivory gamesman, an antimony rod, an iron knife, and a copper pendant . The total number of artefacts discovered in the eighth phase of the Keeladi excavation to 1,671 .

CHENNAI: The most recent artefacts discovered at the Keeladi excavation site include an ivory gamesman, an antimony rod, an iron knife, and a copper pendant, bringing the total number of artefacts discovered in the eighth phase of Keeladi excavation to 1,671.According to ASI officials, the eighth phase will be completed in a week or two.R Sivanantham, the site director for the Keeladi excavation, said the gamesman made of ivory was a fine specimen, which was discovered at a depth of 203 cm.It is cylindrical in shape with concave lateral sides.

The base is flat and measures 2.5 cm in height.At Keeladi, other recent finds include a rusted iron knife, a bent antimony rod with bulging edges, and a copper pendant with a hole for a string to pass through.In February this year, the eighth phase of the excavation was completed, and the third phase was completed in Konthagai, Manalur, and Agaram, its cluster villages.A terracotta human head figurine, cuboidal ivory dice, and an ear ornament made of ivory are among the notable finds in the eighth phase.

A seven ring well with an interlocking device was also found, where the top portion of the ring is narrower and the bottom portion wider.A seven ring well with an interlocking mechanism was also found.