Axe dating back 5,000 years found in Bandipur

Nov 7, 2017

 Mysuru: A team from the history department of Government First Grade College at HD Kote stumbled upon an interesting slice of history during a field trip to Hediayala forest, which is part of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The team found an axe, 15cm long and 9cm wide dating back 5,000 years – the Neolithic Age – near the Mahadeshwara Swamy temple at Belladakuppe.

The team, comprising head of the college’s history department SG Ramadasa Reddy, lecturer Santhosh A, NSS volunteers Manoj BM, Charan and Sargur resident Gopalakrishna Shetty, also found other signs of human habitation such as two tanks more than 3,000 years old, a rocky bed and at Chikkabaragi village, which is not too far from Belladakuppe, they found stone graves also believed to date back to the stone age.

“The graves found here are similar to ones at Brahmagiri, Hanagallu in Molakalmuru, Ayirali in Mysuru and Nagarahole. There are also similarities to graves in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadi. At Bankalli Coloni in Bandipur, we found a stone grave of 89ft-diameter in an agricultural field owned by Kempaiah. These graves are called lingway graves, and can be found in the United Kingdom. The rock placed at the middle of the grave weighs around 25 to 28 tonnes. More than 15 to 20 people could be buried in a single grave,” said Reddy.

The discovery of graves and other implements was clinching proof of human habitation in the area during the Neolithic Age, said Reddy.