ASI to set up open air interpretation centre

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Tiruchirapalli, Jan 25 (UNI) The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will be establishing the country's first open air interpretation centre on megalithic location site in Sanur near Madurantakam in Kancheeepuram District of Tamil Nadu shortly, Superintending Archaeologist Satyabhama Badrinath today said.

She told newspersons here the centre to be located on an area of 35 to 40 acres will show excavation activities and portray life in ancient times.

The ASI would take up the installation work some time next year.

Confined to Tamil Nadu, the exhibits will include megasize urns and other art objects which will be unique in presentation with megalathic models as collated from different sites, she added.

''This will be different from the living museum in Bhopal and when completed, this will be the first-of-its-kind in the whole country featuring live megalithic model at the site which was excavated in 1952.

The ASI, as of now, had stopped excavation at Athichanallur in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu which yielded three-foot high urns associated with pottery and copper art objects.

ASI was in the process of dating the objects and preparing an excavation report which may lead to certain break-through evidence in Tamil pre-historic period.

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