In a letter to the Union Culture Minister, Pradhan sought the personal intervention of Reddy for the excavation and preservation of a recently discovered 2,000-year-old post-Mauryan site in Odisha.
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The minister who was on a visit to Puducherry on Friday and Saturday, said Arikamedu is of great archaeological significance but has not been given due importance.
An ivory die is said to be the first significant find in this eighth phase.
The Director General (D-G) of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken exception to inordinate delay in submission of reports on excavation conducted at various heritage sites.
According to the officials in the know, the non-submission of reports has apparently upset the Archaeological Survey of India D-G V Vidyavathi.
The MP has decided to raise the issue in the Parliament on Friday.
Excavation is in progress and more things are likely to surface.
The cultural deposits indicate that people from the Early Medieval period too occupied the site.
Excavation will be carried out on 36 acres in Vilankadu area in Thulukkarpatti village alongside the banks of Nambiyar river.
Officials said that the findings are expected to shed light on the prevalent climatic conditions during second and first century BCE when Vadnagar had come into existence.
Sources said though the archaeological department had unearthed several cube-shaped dice in earlier phases, it is for the first time that they are chancing upon a rectangular-shaped one.
The Chief Minister said that the archaeology department has proposed to conduct a reconnaissance survey in the sea off the coast of Korkai in Thoothukudi district.
With excavations being planned to be taken up at Warangal Fort in the coming year, there are possibilities of unearthing valuable treasures such as Kakatiyan era temples, tanks, wells, mandapas
The report also noted specific excavations on the site.