Excavations were carried out in Nemeretta village following the discovery of Megalith burials in Pullur Banda village near Siddipet.
Hyderabad: The largest capstone ever found in the country over a pre-historic Menhir Megalith burial site, has been excavated by archaeologists in Neremetta village in Naganur mandal of Siddipet district.
The capstone weighs 40 tons, is 6.70 metres in length, four metres wide and 65 cm thick. Excavations were carried out in Neremetta village following the discovery of Megalith burials in Pullur Banda village near Siddipet.
There are 50 odd Megalith burial sites in the area, which are classified into three types- Menhir, Cairns and Dolmens. Capstones were placed over graves to protect the body from predators, since it was believed that the soul lives on after death. Telangana has several menhirs, stone circles, dolmens and dolmonoid cists.
Arm bones, three red ware pots, two mixed black and red ware broken pots, and an iron tool were found below a smaller menhir. These Megalith burial sites date back to between 1000 BC and 200 AD.
Excavation began a fortnight ago under the supervision of N R Visalatch, director of the Telangana Archaeology and Museums Department.
“We can safely say that this is the largest capstone found in South India and one of the largest in the country. We can’t say it’s the world’s largest as there could be much larger ones, we don’t know,” D Ramulu Naik, assistant director of the Department told Deccan Chronicle.