Tamilians followed the system of oral, written and knowledge forms in the New Stone Age, even before the Sangam Era, said Natana Kasinathan, former Director of Archeology (Tamil Nadu), as his lecture on Monday revolved around the topic ‘Civilisation of the Tamils’.
He said that Tamilians had knowledge of language during 10,000 BC, while they had the knowledge of writing as early as in 1,000 BC. He also presented pictures of Harappa pictographs that were found on stones, terracotta plate, potsherd and rings and said that old Tamil scripts developed from the evolved script of Harappa symbols.
Kasinathan also showed pictures of old Tamil epigraph painted inside of an urn that could have been made prior to 500 BC and terracotta ring stands engraved with old Tamil letters that could have been done in 490 BC.
“These are evidences found through radio carbon dating. Tamilians developed the knowledge as early as in the ‘Puthiya Karkalam’ or the New Stone Age and it reached its peak in ‘Perun Karkalam’ or Megalithic period before the Sangam Era,” he explained.