Siddipet: Massive menhirs were discovered by retired chief caretaker of Archaeology and Museums Department Yerramraju Bhanu Murthy at Nanganur mandal. The caretaker along with members of Vennela Sahithi Sangam came across a kind of megalithic cemetery belonging to 1000 BC, in the fields of farmer Mangalarupu Sathiah at Sitrampally village.
The Vennela Sahithi Sangam (VSS), a local writers association, had found these menhirs few months ago, but could not exactly identify what they were. VSS founder Kondi Malla Reddy told us that they invited Bhanu Murthy for taking a look at what they believed were ancient burial grounds.
Bhanu Murthy said that the discovery of these menhirs was brought to the notice of NR Visalatchy, Director of the Archaeology and Museums Department. The director called for a thorough survey in the area. Bhanu Murthy told us that the director may even order for excavation of the cemetery.
Many more mehirs could have been found and restored here, said Kondi Malla Reddy, if the Archeology department had known about the cemetery earlier and notified the villagers. Several farmers here have been cultivating this land and damaging the menhirs, taking them to be just large stones, he said.