Thursday, October 27, 2011

Archaeological Discoveries

·          DISCOVERIES
·         Amesbury Archer
·         Amesbury Archer (or King of Stonehenge) is an early Bronze Age man, dating to around 2300 BC. His grave is of particular importance because of the rich valuables and the earliest gold objects ever found in England.
Otzi the Ice mummy
Otzi the Iceman is well naturally preserved mummy of a man. The man who was been captured in Ice was believed to be over 53 centuries old (3300 BC).

·         Java Man
·         Java man is an interesting discovery to note that the find was not a complete specimen, but consisted merely of a skullcap, a femur, and three teeth. Many scientists of the day even suggested that Dubois' Java Man might have been the so-called "missing link...

Pattanam Excavation

 Pattanam Excavation Site 
Location : At Pattanam about one and a half kilometres from Kodungalloor-North Paravur route.
           The Pattanam excavations were the first ever multi-disciplinary excavations undertaken in Kerala State. The first part of the project was a surface survey for archaeological and historical evidence in the region. This was followed by extensive excavations at the early historic urban site of Pattanam.

Shipwreck may be part of Kublai Khan's lost fleet

Shipwreck may be part of Kublai

Khan's lost fleet.

 In Japanese legend they are known as The Kamikaze -- the divine winds -- a reference to two mighty typhoons placed providentially seven years apart which, in the 13th century, destroyed two separate Mongol invasion fleets so large they were not eclipsed until the D-Day landings of World War II.

Porunthal excavations

Porunthal excavations prove existence of Indian scripts in 5th century BC: expert
New results from the analysis of paddy grains found in the Porunthal graveyard archaeological site prove that writing systems in India were in existence in the 5th Century BC, predating the arrival of Asoka, according to history professor at the Pondicherry University and director of the excavation project at Porunthal K. Rajan.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kerala Council for Historical Research


         Kerala Council for Historical Research [KCHR] is an autonomous institution committed to scientific research in history and social sciences. Funded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Government of Kerala, KCHR is a recognised research centre of the
 University of Kerala. 

         KCHR is located at Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of
 Kerala State, India, in the multi-purpose cultural complex Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, at Nalanda.  It is housed in the blocks dedicated to the memory of pioneering researchers of Kerala history, Sri.K.P.Padmanabha Menon and Prof. Elamkulam Kunjan Pillai.

         KCHR offers doctoral, post-doctoral and internship programmes and short term courses in social theory, research methods, epigraphy, palaeography and numismatics. Research, publication, documentation, training and co-ordination are the major domains of KCHR activities.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

1-The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the Ministry of Culture, is the premier organization for archaeological research and protection of the cultural heritage of the nation.
2-The prime concern of the ASI is the maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of national importance.
3-The ASI is the nodal public agency for the project. Conservation works are underway or will be undertaken on several protected and heritage buildings standing within the project area.

Sword and tiger of Tippu-unniyarcha

Sword and tiger of Tippu
1-Tipu Sultan had lost his sword in a war with the Nairs of Travancore during the Battle of the Nedumkotta, in which he was defeated. The Nair army under the leadership of Raja Kesavadas again defeated the Mysore army near Aluva.
2-The Maharaja,Dharma Raja, gifted the famous sword to the Nawab of Arcot, from where the sword went to London. The sword was on display at the Wallace Collection, No. 1 Manchester Square, London.
3-At an auction in London in 2004, the industrialist-politician Vijay Mallya purchased the sword of Tipu Sultan and some other historical artifacts, and brought them back to India for public display after nearly two centuries.

Bungalow of Jivanlal Desai

Bungalow of Jivanlal Desai

The first ashram that Gandhi set up in India was housed at the bungalow of Jivanlal Desai, who was a barrister by profession and a friend of Gandhi.
This ashram was built at Kochrab, near Paldi, a modest village near Ahmedabad, on 25th May, in 1915. There were twenty five inmates at the ashram.
 However, as Kochrab became infested with plague after two years, Gandhi had to relocate his ashram.
This time, the bank of Sabarmati River was selected as the new site for the ashram. testimony to rise of the Mahatma as the voice of the masses and as the leader of the nation.