The Ashmounds of South India:
Sannarachamma hill, photographed from the top of Hiregudda hill, looking southwest (February 1998).
The granitic hills north of Sanganakallu village are famous for their Neolithic sites, which have been studied since the pioneering explorations of Robert Bruce Foote in the 1860s. It was then further explored in the 1940s, with excavations on Sannarachamma Hill by Subbarao, with frther excavations in the 1960s from Deccan college again at Sannarachamma, as well as the Kupgal Ashmounds and a dolerite faking site east of Sanganakallu, Banglatota. These sites have been a major focus of recent research based at Karnatak University with collaborators from the U.K. and elsewhere (the Bellary District Archaeological Project ).
Below is a satellite view of the southern Sangankallu hills, with Sannarachamma hill at the left (west). The heavily quarried hill to the right is Choudammagudda, which also had Neolithic settlement and an ashmound.
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