Malappuram: Researchers from the University of Calicut have come across 2000 years old artefacts which include iron mining tools and remains of urns believed to be of pre-historic Iron Age at Thrikkalangode panchayat in the district.
The discovery was during a three day long workshop jointly organised by the department of history of the university and the panchayat as part of the local history composition programme.
Among the artefacts retrieved from the Thrikkalangode include remains of huge urns, bones, mined iron ore relics, iron tools and weapons. Seven broken urns were discovered from the premises of Government UP School, Pathapiriyam in the panchayat. Besides this, the researchers also traced remnants of iron ore mining caves and ore processing places which were believed to be related to the Iron Age. “These pre historical evidences represent important stages of the development of human life and culture and are enough for the composition of the local history,” said Dr Sivadasan P., of the department of history who led the oral history and community archives workshop named ‘Listening the Silenced’.
Unlike the conventional history composition this was participatory effort by roping in general public, he said. The team of researchers also collected British era historical documents, ancient medicinal documents and oral history by visiting local government offices and local residents. The project is part of the history composition of the Thrikkalangode panchayat....