MEGALITHIC MENHIR FOUND IN BHADRAVATI
Context: The Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage of Shivamogga have unearthed a Menhir belonging to the megalithic age in a place called Herodram, in the Hosananjapura village of Bhadravathi taluk.
- The Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage, has discovered this menhir of 7.5 feet long.
- The menhirs found at Herodram, are called as ‘treasure stones’ by the villagers.
- But during the megalithic age, people used to keep these menhirs in memory of those who died.
- It is being pointed out that the menhir that was found might belong to 1,200-200 BC.
- Menhirs are gigantic undressed or slightly dressed stones ranging from one metre to five metres tall, which are placed at burial sites.
- South India is known for its megalithic culture which saw burial sites marked with stone circles, cists, dolmens or menhirs.