ASI Digs Deep into History of Kannada Language (Download PDF)

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The trial excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), about 80 km north of the ancient Shivamogga city could show that the language was in use at least seven decades earlier than believed.

Image of trial excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda

Image of Trial Excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda

Image of trial excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda

The excavation could potentially rewrite Kannada history; it is associated with the rise of Kadambas, one of the early Kannada rulers.

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Image of Searching Roots

Image of Searching Roots

What Lead to the Excavation?

  • A copper-plate inscription found at the site a few years ago prompted speculation on the antiquity of the Kannada language.

  • ASI had found the copper plates and coins while rebuilding the Pranaveshwara temple at Talagunda.

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Image of All About Talagunda and Kannada Legacy

Image of All about Talagunda and Kannada Legacy

  • ill the copper-plate inscription was found, it was believed that the Halmidi inscription, which dates back to 450 AD, was the oldest Kannada inscription.

  • The inscription found precedes 80 years to the Halmidi script. It dates back to 370 AD.

  • The excavation to be done on a 7.5-acre plot at Talagunda.

  • The Pranaveshwara temple was in a dilapidated condition. ASI removed stones and while removing the foundation stone, the copper plate and gold coins at a corner of the temple were found.

  • The Kadamba dynasty, which ruled for almost 200 years,

- Published/Last Modified on: August 8, 2018

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