What’s in News:
- The discovery of several prehistoric artefacts and archaeological remains along the banks of three rivers flowing through the Attappady hills straddling Kerala and Tamil Nadu, indicates the presence of a mature settlement
What did the archaeologists find?
- The discovery of several stone tools, inhabited caves, menhirs, cists or burial chambers, stone circles, burial urns, black and red ware pottery, terracotta images, stone carvings, and granite inscriptions points to prehistoric human settlements in the predominantly tribal area of Attappady.
- The archaeological discoveries were made from different places along the banks of the rivers Bhavani, Siruvani, and Kodumkara Pallam or Anakkatti
- Attappadi is among the biggest tribal settlements along the Attappadi valley in Palakkad district in Kerala.
- The Bhavani River plays an integral part of tribal life. Much of the reserves area is currently inhabited by Irulas, Mudugas and Kurumbar.
- Attappadi is a mountain valley at the mouth of the Bhavani River, which is a tributary of the Kaveri River.The Bhavani forest ranges are part of the Silent Valley national park’s buffer zone.In 1984, Kerala’s Silent Valley was designated as a national park.
- It is situated in the Nilgiris’ south-western corner. Within the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, it is a protected area.