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Ancient stone circle at Periyanattam

Ancient stone circle at Periyanattam

Photographer: Rea, Alexander

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2241)

Item number: 10032241

Length: 18.5

Width: 23.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an unidentified ancient stone circle at Periyanattam in Tamil Nadu, taken by Alexander Rea in the 1880s. Alexander Rea was an architect who worked for the Archaeological Survey of Southern India as a photographer in the 1880s. He retired from his position as Superintendent in 1913. Alignments of stones like the one shown in this photograph are common throughout southern India. It is thought that they date to the prehistoric period, the earliest dated examples were built just before 1000 BC during what is called the megalithic period. Archaeologists believe that they must have been used in some type of ritual, for example to commemorate an event or as a memorial.

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