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Sept22 - Book review -Rita P.Wright

July18--Aryan Invasion Theory--The weekender-online journal

July12---Daily Telegraph

June23-Indus script and wild ass

july9-Deccan Herald--Asko Interview

July5--2010--I.Mahadevan got award of Canadian Tamil society-


June29-2010--Gift Shiromani lecture-of Asko-Chennai

June25-2010- Dravidian solution to Indus script-Asko Parpola lecture

June-2010-Underlying language of Indus script-Hindu-

June24-2010--Award acceptance speech of Asko Parpola at world Tamil conference

June23-2010 ---Hindu news on Asko parpola article--- deciphering seal with wild ass symbol

June17-2010---Hindu news --article of shri. Iravatham Mahadevan on Asko Parpola

Burial site at Tirunelveli---may9-2010

April-8-2010--Indus inscriptions in Thailand

March5--2010-Tamil Brahmi Inscriptions - Marungur village near Vadalur, Villururam District-

Jan2010--Naakan's Ural--Hindu

Sept29--2009--Indus symbols found in Kerala

Bull-fighting of Tamil Nadu-Jan-2008

May1-2006--Indus symbols on potteries from sembian kanniyur village, Nagapattinam.

Deciphering Indus script : challenges and some headway


Tablets depicting Indus Valley scripts. File photo: M. Karunakaran

Indus symbols on stone-Dholovira: (excerpt) (For full article --read Hindu)

                             An inscription on stone, with three big Indus signs and possibly a fourth, has been found on the Harappan site of Dholavira in Gujarat. The discovery is significant because The discovery is significant because this is the first time that the Indus script has been found engraved on a natural stone in the Indus Valley. The Indus script has so far been found on seals made of steatite, terracotta tablets, ceramics and so on. Dholavira also enjoys the distinction of yielding a spectacularly large Indus script with 10 big signs on wood. This inscription was three-metre long.

                          Both the discoveries were made by a team led by R.S. Bisht, who retired as Joint Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India in 2004. While the stone inscription was discovered in 1999, the script with 10 large signs was found in 1991. “The inscription on stone is unique because it is the first of its kind [in the Indus civilisation area]. It is the first inscription on a stone slab. But only part of it was found,” said Dr. Bisht, who led 14 field excavation seasons at Dholavira from 1989 to 2001. “It was a natural limy sandstone cut into shape and then engraved with an inscription,” he said.

                           Michel Danino, independent researcher in the Harappan civilisation, called it “an unprecedented discovery because there is no stone inscription in the Indus civilisation.” Stone was a rare material on the Indus plains. “This is the first time we have come across a stone inscription, but it has not attracted the attention it deserves,” Mr. Danino said. Dholavira in Kachch district is a major Indus site. It attracted wide attention in the 1990s for yielding what Dr. Bisht calls “a spectacularly large inscription made of 10 unusually big Indus signs” which were inlaid on a wooden board which had, however, decayed. The signs were made of thoroughly baked gypsum. It must have been sported right above the north gate of the castle, and “it must have been visible from afar with its white brilliance,” Dr. Bisht said.

Source: The Hindu
Significance of Mayiladuthurai find -- Links between Harappa and Neolithic Tamil Nadu
The Hindu | May 01, 2006 | T.S. Subramanian 

The discovery of a Neolithic stone celt, a hand-held axe, with the Indus script on it at Sembian-Kandiyur in Tamil Nadu is, according to Iravatham Mahadevan, "a major discovery because for the first time a text in the Indus script has been found in the State on a datable artefact, which is a polished neolithic celt." He added: "This confirms that the Neolithic people of Tamil Nadu shared the same language family of the Harappan group, which can only be Dravidian. The discovery provides the first evidence that the Neolithic people of the Tamil country spoke a Dravidian language." Mr. Mahadevan, an eminent expert on the subject, estimated the date of the artefact with the Indus script between 2000 B.C. and 1500 B.C.

(Excerpt) Read more at hindu.com ...

RARE FIND: The Neolithic polished stone celt (hand-held axe) with the Indus valley script found at Sembian-Kandiyur village, near Mayiladuthurai in Tamil Nadu. -- Photo: Vino John