Megalithic Hat Stones : Discovered
A recent archaeological excavation conducted by the State Archaeology Department in Kerala, uncovered a significant number of megalithic “hat stones,” also known as Thoppikkallu in Malayalam.
- Hat stones are hemispherical laterite stones that were used as lids on burial urns during the megalithic period.
- This discovery is notable as it could potentially be the largest collection of hat stones found at an unprotected site in the state.
- The team found numerous megalithic burial sites and relics, including a unique rock-cut laterite burial chamber, during the pipeline work that prompted the excavation.
- This site yielded a large number of earthen urns and distinctive iron implements, shedding light on the culture and life of people who inhabited the area over 2,000 years ago.
- Ashes were discovered within the urns and beneath the hat stones, which is different from the more common occurrence of cremated bones.
- This suggests unique mortuary practices at this site.