Was a 12,000-year-old Vishnu idol found in an excavation near Chennai?

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10,000 year old Maha Vishnu Statue, Gold earnings & parts of Earthen vessels were identified through Archaeological Excavation in Vadakupatti, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

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Explanation

Excavation work has been carried out by the Archeology Department of India in Vadakupattu village next to the Oragadam area of ​​Kanchipuram district. The excavation has unearthed artefacts from many civilizations. The discovery of various objects used in the Mesolithic (10,000 years ago), Sangam (2000 years ago) and Pallava periods (1200-1800 years ago) has created a sensation.

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Meanwhile, right-wing supporters are sharing an image claiming that an excavation conducted near Chennai has revealed a 12,000-year-old Vishnu and Shiva lingam and is an answer to those who say that religious idols of more than 2,000 years old have not been found in Keezhadi.

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What is the truth?

In February 2022, the Department of Archeology of India granted permission to carry out excavation work in the village of Vadakupattu in the Kanchipuram district. Following this, excavation work was carried out in those areas.

These excavations have unearthed materials used in different periods. In the pit excavated for this research, materials belonging to each period have been found in each layer. It has been reported by the researchers that they have found items from the medieval period before 10000 years to the Pallava period.

After Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli districts in Tamil Nadu, only the village of Vadakupattu has been found with medieval artefacts.

But the Vishnu idol found during the excavation work in the village of Vadakupattu is not 12,000 years old as is going viral.

In the ‘Times of India’ article that went viral, the statue of Vishnu was mentioned as belonging to the Pallava period. Vishnu and Shivalinga idols found in the area belong to the Pallava period between 275 AD and 897 AD. Also, the stone tools found there are said to be approximately 12,000 years old and the exact date will be known after carbon dating is completed.

Speaking to an Archaeology Professor ess (wanted to remain anonymous) who visited the excavation site, “the statue belongs to the Pallava period. These are not 12,000 years old. Antiquities are being found in various layers there. In it, idols of the Pallava period have also been found,” he confirmed.

The ‘Times of India’ published a news article titled “Archaeological Survey of India find 12,000-year-old artefacts near Chennai” using a photograph of a Vishnu statue to mention that ‘12,000-year-old artefacts were found’ which is misleading.

Conclusion

In our search, the claim that a 12,000-year-old Vishnu and Shiva linga idol has been found in an excavation near Chennai is false. The idols belong to the Pallava period. It is known that there are no sculptures from 12,000 years ago.

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