Ancient stone circle at Periyanattam
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
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.