Hyderabad: Mesolithic and Neolithic age grooves have been discovered in the premises of Buddhavanam, a Buddhist theme park developed by Telangana Tourism at Nagarjuna Sagar in Nalgonda district.
E Sivanagi Reddy, Archaeologist and Buddhist Expert Consultant, Buddhavanam, on Sunday said there were a good number of Neolithic (new Stone Age) grooves on the surface of laterite rocks located along the left bank of River Krishna. The grooves were discovered in the course of inspection of recently laid walking tracks, and they measure between 5 to 10 cm in length and 3 to 19 cm in width with an average depth of 2.5 cm. They reveal the factory site during the Neolithic age (4000 -1750 BC), he said.
Similarly, the Mesolithic stone tools including blades, burins, borers and flakes made of local material like chert, were also noticed indicating the Mesolithic habitation datable to 8500 BC.
Buddhavanam Project Officer Mallepally Laxmaiah, who accompanied the archaeologist, said the possibility of introducing archaeological tours as supplementary to the existing leisure and Buddhist tourism operated by Telangana Tourism was being explored. He said the walking and trekking tracks all around Buddhavanam would be ready in a few months.
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