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Archaeological Excavations conducted by the Department of Archaeology

One of the major activities of the Department is to carry out archaeological excavations in historically important sites in Tamil Nadu.

So far, the Department conducted excavation at 40 sites and of which 36 excavation reports were brought in book form.


The excavated sites are as follows.



S.No Place of excavation District Year
1Korkai Tuticorin 1968 – 1969
2PanchalankurichiTuticorin1968 – 1969
3VasavasamudramKanchipuram1969 – 1970
4AnaimalaiCoimbatore1969 – 1970
5PallavameduKanchipuram1970 – 1971
6KarurKarur 1973 – 1979, 1994 – 1995
7Panayakulam Dharmapuri 1979 – 1980
8Boluvampatti Coimbatore1979 – 1980, 1980 – 1981
9KovalanpottalMadurai1980 – 1981
10ThondiRamanathapuram1980 – 1981
11GangaikondacholapuramAriyalur 1980 – 1981, 1986 – 1987, 2008 – 2009
12KannanurTiruchirappalli1982 – 1983
13KurumbanmeduThanjavur1984 – 1985
14Palayarai Thanjavur1984 – 1985
15Alagankulam Ramanathapuram 1986 – 1987, 1990 – 1991, 1993 – 1994, 1995 – 1996, 1996 – 1997, 1997 – 1998, 2014 – 2015
16TirukkovilurVillupuram1992 – 1993
17KodumanalErode1992 – 1993, 1996 – 1998
18SendamangalamVillupuram1992 – 1993, 1994 – 1995
19PadaveduTiruvannamalai1992 – 1993
20TiruttangalVirudhunagar1994 – 1995
21PoompuharNagappatinam1994 – 1995, 1997 – 1998
22MaligaimeduCuddalore1999 – 2000
23TirunelveliRamanathapuram1999 – 2000
24MangudiTirunelveli2001 – 2002
25PerurCoimbatore2001 –2002
26AndipattiTiruvannamalai2004 – 2005
27ModurDharmapuri2004 – 2005
28MarakkanamVillupuram2005 – 2006
29ParikulamThiruvallur2005-06
30NedunkurKarur2006 – 2007
31MangulamMadurai2006 – 2007
32SembiankandiyurNagappatinam2007 – 2008
33TranquebarNagappatinam2008 – 2009
34RajakkalmangalamTirunelveli2009 – 2010
35TalaichankaduNagapattinam2010 – 2011
36AlambaraiKancheepuram2011 – 2012
37SrirangamTrichy2013 – 2014 , 2014 – 2015
38Ukkaran KottaiTirunelveli2014 – 2015
39PattaraiperumbudurTiruvallur2015 – 2016
40KeeladiSivagangai2017 – 2018, 2018 – 2019, 2019 - 2020