Tamil culture dating

03-Aug-2019 23:30

They are as follows: The archaeological excavations and explorations conducted since 19th century have revealed the existence of the Iron Age culture in the bottom most level in most of the areas in Tamilnadu except a few north western districts like Dharmapuri, Salem, North Arcot and a few select pockets in Erode, Coimbatore and Madurai districts.

In these districts too, except North Arcot, only a feeble sub-stratum of neolithic-chalcolithic culture was noticed in the lower most levels: Whereas the other southern districts like Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Ramnadu, Kanyakumari and also like Tanjavur, Chinglepet and South Arcot have revealed the full fledged Iron Age culture in the lower most levels and the neolithic stratum or even sub-stratum conspicuous by its absence.

More over the Harappan influences or impact or even the traces which are hidden in the early Tamil culture are not brough to focus on the same ground of argument.

According to them, Tamil civilisation as portrayed in the Sangam literature or as revealed by the archaeological spade work corresponds to Historic period or Iron Age civilisation in South India and has to be bracketed within the Iron Age Culture of India, whereas the Harappan Culture corresponds to proto-his-toric period and Bronze Age civilisation chronologically, preceding the Iron Age in India.

Therefore when there was neolithic or bronze age succeeded by the Iron age in many parts of North India we had pure neolithic or neolithic-chalcolithic succeeded by Iron age culture in north western districts and Iron age culture succeeded by early and medieval cultures in many areas in Tamil Nadu as said earlier needs careful investigation and more particularly re-study or examination.

The earliest people, who occupied the majority of the areas in Tamil Nadu are the Iron using communities and their civilisation was far ahead of and more advanced than those of their predecessors namely stone using neolithic communities.

This Iron Age culture is characterised by the profuse use of iron tools and equipment, copper in a restricted quantity and bronze very rarely.

It is usually the accepted form to look for a lesser advanced or primitive culture developing into a more advanced or sophisticated culture in any period in any given region or country.

Accordingly we have in India more particulary in western and Central India the neolithic-chalcolithic bronze age culture slowly and steadily blossoming into the Iron Age culture.

Therefore when there was neolithic or bronze age succeeded by the Iron age in many parts of North India we had pure neolithic or neolithic-chalcolithic succeeded by Iron age culture in north western districts and Iron age culture succeeded by early and medieval cultures in many areas in Tamil Nadu as said earlier needs careful investigation and more particularly re-study or examination.

The earliest people, who occupied the majority of the areas in Tamil Nadu are the Iron using communities and their civilisation was far ahead of and more advanced than those of their predecessors namely stone using neolithic communities.

This Iron Age culture is characterised by the profuse use of iron tools and equipment, copper in a restricted quantity and bronze very rarely.

It is usually the accepted form to look for a lesser advanced or primitive culture developing into a more advanced or sophisticated culture in any period in any given region or country.

Accordingly we have in India more particulary in western and Central India the neolithic-chalcolithic bronze age culture slowly and steadily blossoming into the Iron Age culture.

Here, the author means material culture in the sense that it involves the study of the day to day life of the people as gleaned from archaeological excavations and explorations.