Published in: 1989
Author: Dr. Krishnamurthy M.S
Places Mentioned: Pandavapura, Mandya, Devarayanakoppalu
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Pandavapura, Old French Rocks, earlier known as Hirode has a site called Kunti betta in the nearby Devarayanakoppalu village. Bruce-Foote had located some antiquities at the foot of this hill, which is a 2,882 feet high granite rocky hill. Author’s explorations here have unearthed stone tools of Paleolithic and middle-Paleolithic period, hand axes (of 3′ to 5′ in length and of quartz), scrapers, discoids, cores and flakes, the last two being of the middle Paleolithic period. Some pottery of Neolithic period, of burnished grey ware and a polished piece of stone axe were also found. Black ware and black-and-red ware pottery of Megalithic period was also located but not burials. The pottery has lustrous polish and graffiti marks. Typical pottery of early historic period was also found here which include black-and red ware of Andhra period, red, black, brown and grey ware which are russet-coated and polished, and also painted with kaolin crisscross lines. This is one of the most potential archaeological sites with unbroken sequence of cultures and is a Paleolithic site identified together with Ramanathapura, Shivana Samudra, Talakadu, Ranganathapura etc.