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  • 18 November, 2022

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Megalithic Burial Sites

Megalithic Burial Sites

  • Recent research indicates that Andhra Pradesh's Tirupati district is home to the largest number of anthropomorphic burial sites.
  • An anthropomorphic site is one that has an image of a human body over its megalithic graves.

  • A megalith is a massive stone that has been utilised, either alone or in conjunction with other stones, to build a prehistoric construction or monument.
  • Megaliths were built as memorials (non-sepulchral) or as places of remembrance.
  • The former are locations that have genuine burial relics such as capstones, cairn circles, and dolmenoid cists (box-shaped stone burial chambers) (distinctive mushroom-shaped burial chambers found mainly in Kerala).
  • Terracotta was typically used for the urn or sarcophagus holding the body parts. Menhirs and other memorial structures are examples of non-sepulchral megaliths.
  • The majority of the megaliths in India are dated by archaeologists to the Iron Age (1500 BC to 500 BC), while some sites date back as far as 2000 BC.
  • All over the Indian subcontinent are megaliths. In Peninsular India, the states of Maharashtra (mostly in Vidarbha), Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana are home to the majority of megalithic sites.

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