Chola-era bracelet discovered in Maligaimedu, TN

Chennai– A gold and copper Chola period bracelet was unearthed during the second phase of excavations by the Tamil Nadu State Department of Archeology at Maligaimedu near Gangaikondacholapuram.

The bracelet weighing 7.920 g was found at a depth of 170 cm inside quadrant A3/2. The bracelet, which was 4.9cm long and 4mm thick, was found in a broken condition and only a quarter of the ornament could be excavated. It is the first precious object unearthed during the second phase of excavation.

Officials from the Department of Archeology told IANS: “Only a quarter of the bracelet could be found and the ornament clearly indicates the wealth of the Chola dynasty.”

Officials are confident that upon further excavations over the next few months, other similar treasures would come out and this would clearly authenticate the economic prosperity and cultural richness of the Chola dynasty. Gangaikondacholapuram was the capital of King Rajendra Chola 1.

During the first phase of excavations at Maligaimedu in 2021, structural remains of a royal palace in the form of a brick structure and a large number of decorated tiles were unearthed.

Excavations at Maligaimedu near Gangaikondacholapuram had previously unearthed copper coins, ivory and copper objects, iron nails, glass beads and bracelets, decorated stones and Chinese tableware.

Archaeologists credit the presence of Chinese items like porcelain from the site as an indication of the region’s trade with China.

During the first phase of excavations at Maligaimedu in 2021, senior officers said the iron nails and roof tiles unearthed from the site were over 1,000 years old.

At Keezhadi in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, excavations had previously unearthed creative works of art of wells with multiple clay rings and archaeologists said these ring wells are over 2000 years old. (IANS)