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Burial Urns, Stone Slab and Kudakkallu


Burial Urns, Stone Slab and Kudakkallu


The Museum Consists 2 Urn Burials Of Megalithic Period From Neendoor And Pullarikunnu (Current Location of School of Social Sciences)


In Kerala, megalithic urn burials are associated with the Iron Age and are believed to have been practiced by various indigenous communities that inhabited the region during that period. The megalithic urn burial sites in Kerala typically consist of large stone chambers or cairns where cremated remains were interred in pottery urns or vessels. Urb burials offer significant insights into the burial practices and cultural traditions of the ancient inhabitants of Kerala.


Cremated remains were often placed in pottery urns or vessels before being buried. These urns were sometimes decorated with intricate designs and patterns, reflecting the artistic skills and cultural traditions of the people who created them. Megalithic urn burial sites in Kerala are often located in strategic positions, such as atop hills or in areas with natural landmarks. The distribution of these sites across Kerala suggests that they were significant ritual and ceremonial centers for the communities that built them.


Stone Slab Of A Burial Urn  From Pattanakkad, Alappuzha


Megalithic sites in Kerala, including those found in villages like Pattanakkad, offer valuable insights into the prehistoric cultures and burial practices of the region. Pattanakkad in Alappuzha contains megalithic burial sites where ancient communities interred their dead. These sites may include various structures such as dolmens, cairns, and urn burials. These burial practices give us clues about the social organization, religious beliefs, and cultural practices of the people who lived in the region during the megalithic period.


Kudakallu (Replica)


“kudakallu” translates to “umbrella stone” or “mushroom stone.” It refers to a type of megalithic monument found in Kerala and other parts of South India. A kudakallu typically consists of a large, flat, circular stone slab placed horizontally on top of several vertical stones, resembling an umbrella or mushroom. These structures are believed to have been used for various purposes by ancient communities, including burial sites, memorial markers, or ritual platforms.