Edakkal caves undergo clean up operation
Kalpetta: The fabled Edakkal caves in Wayanad were reopened for tourists after remaining closed since March 25 for a clean–up operation undertaken by the Archaeology department.
Scores of new wall engravings were unravelled on the cave walls when semi metal residues and grime of over 90 cm thickness were removed. Excavations around the cave have also unearthed some pieces of pottery and a dainty stone chisel apart from some Brahmi script engravings, which are being analyzed in detail to trace its age and relevance.
A fund of Rs.50 lakhs from the Heritage Preservation Fund was proposed by the 12th Finance Commission for the maintenance and renovation of these pre- historic caves.