The site Keeladi with the cultural deposit mound extending over a vast area of more than 110 acres, lies amidst coconut grooves in Thirupuvanam Taluk in Sivagangai District. The Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department (TNAD) has announced that the excavations at Keeladi in Sivaganga district could date back to a period between 6th century BCE and 1st century CE. This has proven that the art of writing dates back to as early as the 6th century BCE, which makes it 300 years older than previously believed. Excavations have yielded antiquities such as brick structures, terracotta ring wells, roofing tiles with double holes and deeply finger pressed grooves to draw rain water; afew pieces of gold ornaments, copper objects, iron implements, terracotta gamesmen (chessman), ear ornaments, spindle whorls, figurines and portions besides beads of terracotta, glass, semi-precious stones. Ceramic like finer variety of Black and Red ware, Black ware, Black Polished ware, Red ware, Rouletted ware, few pieces of Arretinesand Tamil Brahmi sherds have also been found.
Information and photos courtesy the Department of Archaeology, Tamil Nadu