|1/2. The shallow grooves found on a bed rock, near Pathari village on the Javadi Hills. Photo: Special Arrangement|
Grooves dated 3000 BCE found near Pathari.
Grooves on a bed rock, which were used for sharpening polished stone axes of Neolithic times, have been found at Pathari, a hamlet on the Javadi hills, an offshoot of the Eastern Ghats, in Tiruvannamalai district, Tamil Nadu. The grooves can be dated to circa 3000 BCE, that is, 5,000 years to the present. K. Umapathi, a student of post-graduate diploma course in Epigraphy and Archaeology, conducted by the Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department, discovered the grooves in a forested area a few weeks ago. Pathari is about 15 km west of Athipattu village in Kalasapakkam taluk, Tiruvannamalai district. Umapathi found 36 grooves on a bed rock in the middle of a jungle rivulet on the western side of Pathari [...] The Hindu