Another important discovery has been made in Kerala – a rock cut chamber with a 2,000-year old stone sarcophagus at the Viyur Village (near the town of Koyilandy), in Kozhikode District. It had bones inside and is the third such discovery in the state. Similar megalithic sites exist at Chevayur and Atholi, also in Kozhikode District. Its existence was revealed when an earth-mover was being used to level a plot in the locality. The news was reported by ‘The Hindu’ newspaper.

Image Attribution: The image above, sourced from Wikimedia Commons, shows a map of Kerala dating back to 1866. Labelled ‘The Hill Districts of the Madras Presidency’, it appeared in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Vol. 36 (1866). Kozhikode District lies in the northern half of the state. It played a significant part in the region’s spice trade. However, as demonstrated by the sites of Viyur, Chevayur and Atholi, its history goes back to an even older period, that associated with the Southern Neolithic.