Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Charles Rutheiser
Dr. William Cremin
Dr. Allen Zaragell
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.
McConkey, David K., "A Survey of a Number of Megalithic Grave Complexes in Tamil Nadu, South India" (1992). Masters Theses. 858.