Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Charles Rutheiser

Second Advisor

Dr. William Cremin

Third Advisor

Dr. Allen Zaragell

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study compares and contrasts a number of Megalithic cemeteries from South India. The project involved the mapping of a number of cemeteries from the Lower Moyar Shelf. I then compared and contrasted them to the cemeteries of the upper Nilgiris.

Some have suggested that these two regions had very limited contact with one another. From the evidence that I have gathered I now believe that they were wrong. There is a strong continuity in grave types between the lower regions and the upper Nilgiris, which I believe demonstrates some degree of contact. I also believe that based on the distribution of grave types within the cemeteries that they were burying their dead according to some criteria, the most likely being social status.