The present book describes the details of nearly 200 megalithic sites, out of which 10 have habitational evidence, 10 sites have paintings, 6 sites are having anthropomorphic statues and 2 sites have both habitational and burial evidence. These explorations have resulted in the discovery of one of the densest concentration of megalithic sites from south India. Systematic collection of data about the location, terrain, resource base, typology, the myths and traditions about these monuments and the present demographic composition has resulted in a comprehensive data base for understanding this culture to a great extent. The distributional aspects of the typology is well illustrated by the quality maps. The study region has unique types of monuments, which are well illustrated by good number of photographs.
The present book is certainly very useful to the students and scholars working on the protohistoric cultures, as it contains primary field data which is not published elsewhere. At the same time, it would be an interesting source for the general public, who want to know about these impressive monuments constructed by our ancestors.
He attended number of seminars in India and abroad and has many research articles in national and international journals on his credit. Presently, he is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa.
Enough attention has been paid in collecting the data on myths and traditions about the megalithic monuments. The evidence of megalithic art on monuments and rock shelters is also very interesting. The other unique evidence is the anthropomorphic statues, which are found at six sites, showing wide variety.
In simple terms 'megalith' means 'huge stone'. The term megalith is derived from two Greek terms, "megathos" meaning 'huge' and "lithoi" meaning 'stone') Thus, from the term 'megalith' we can understand that the megalithic monuments are usually constructed using huge stones. In general, this perception is by and large correct. However, we have to remember that, there are megalithic burials, which are not much associated with lithic appendages. For example, we can mention urn burials and sarcophagus. But, even in this category, these burials are associated with lithic appendage in the form of outer stone circle or cairn packing.
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