Sembiankandiyur, situated on the river bank of
Vikrama nadi (Tributary of River Cauvery) is at 15 Km from Mayavaram
in Myiladuthurai Taluk, Nagappatinam District. Excavation at this
hamlet was conducted in the year 2007-2008.
Excavation yielded Megalithic (Iron Age) appendages
like Black and Red ware sherds, Black ware sherds and Red slipped
ware sherds. Thirteen graffiti marks were observed in the pottery
collection from excavation trenches laid at Sembiankandiyur. Pots
(small to big) lids and plates were the common shapes encountered in
this excavation. Terracotta hip-hops and stone hip-hops were also
recovered from the trenches. Besides this, the occurrences of eight
Urns laid in a row were also exposed during excavation.
On the basis of rich yield of Megalithic
antiquities, it is ascertained that Sembiankandiyur was inhabited
during 1st Century BCE (Megalithic-Iron Age).