kochi: The Department of Archeology will conduct a study | Kochi News


Kochi: The Department of Archeology will conduct a detailed survey of the large stone structures and ceramic pieces unearthed at the site of the proposed water metro terminal at Fort Cochin. The department’s excavation wing filed a detailed report regarding the stone slabs found in the beach area.
The structures were discovered during excavation work for the construction of the pier last week. Following this, the excavation wing of the Department of Archeology headed by Krishna Rajk visited the scene and filed a detailed report with the director of the department.
The pieces of stone slabs are thought to be part of a Gothic pillar. Krishnaraj K of the department’s excavation wing said details about the relics would only be revealed through detailed study and more excavations at the site.
“The pillars may have been part of a Gothic structure dating from the Portuguese era. Preliminary investigation reveals that the blue and white Chinese ceramic pieces found during the excavations were among the ceramic products of the Ming dynasty, from 1368 to 1644. We need to conduct a detailed study to come to a conclusion,” he said.
E Dineshan, director of the archeology department, said the department needed a special license from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct more excavations at the site.
“We have already requested the authorities of Kochi Metro Rail Ltd to move the unearthed structures to a safer location. We will make a final decision on the next steps in a few days based on the report filed by the excavation wing,” he said.
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