Tamil Nadu: Ivory gamesman unearthed at Keeladi digs | Chennai News

CHENNAI: An ivory gamesman, an antimony rod, an iron knife and a copper pendant, which are the latest artefacts found at the Keeladi excavation site, have taken the total number of artefacts discovered in the eighth phase of Keeladi excavation to 1,671. The eighth phase will end in a week or two, said officials of the ASI.
Site director for Keeladi excavation, R Sivanantham said the gamesman made of ivory was a fine specimen, which was found at a depth of 203 cm. It is cylindrical in shape with slight concave lateral sides. The top portion is bulged and has a convex protrusion like a dome. The base is flat and measures 2.5 cm in height.
The other recent findings at Keeladi are a rusted iron knife, a curved antimony rod with bulging edges and copper pendant with a hole to allow a string to pass through.
The eighth phase of the excavation was started in February this year, and the third phase at Konthagai, Manalur and Agaram, its cluster villages. Among the notable findings in the eighth phase are terracotta human head figurine, cuboidal ivory dice and ear ornament made of ivory. They artefacts also include 1,122 glass beads, 203 hopscotches, 34 iron nails, and 31 terracotta spindle whorls.
A seven ring well, with an interlocking system, where the top portion of the ring is narrower and bottom portion wider was also found. seven ring well, with an interlocking system, where the top portion of the ring is narrower and bottom portion wider was also found.

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