Keezhadi, about 13 km from Madurai, has been continuously under excavation from 2015. While the ASI excavated the site during the field seasons in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the State Department of Archaeology has been excavating it from 2018 to this day. From 2015, Keezhadi has been under the spotlight for a variety of reasons. T.S. Subramanian's talk will focus on the wonderful museum that the Tamil Nadu Government has set up at Keezhadi, several thousands of artefacts discovered at the site which establishes the period of the urban site, the date of the Tamil- Brahmi potsherds found there, excavations at the satellite sites such as Konthagai and Agaram and the ASI dating the site itself.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
T.S. Subramanian, an independent journalist, retired as an Associate Editor, Frontline magazine, in 2018. He had earlier worked for The Hindu and Indian Express, both at Chennai. During his career as a journalist from 1979 to 2018, he covered the Sri Lankan Tamil issue, ISRO, India's nuclear power programme, DRDO including its missile programme, archaeology, ONGC, Tamil Nadu politics etc..
He had written on the Archaeological Survey of India's (ASI) excavations at the Harappan sites in India, Adichanallur, Keezhadi, Mamallapuram and Bateshwar in Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Department of Archaeology's excavations at Keezhadi and other sites, excavations at Kodumanal and Porunthal among others.
T.S. Subramanian has curated books on Athi Varadar (Sri Varadarajaswamy temple at Kanchipuram), Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi and the Harappan Civilisation for The Hindu newspaper group.
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