Tamil Nadu students found centuries-old Chinese porcelain tiles in Ramanathapuram
Five class X students have found centuries-old Chinese ceramic tiles at Pokkanarendal and Pallapachery in Ramanathapuram district, which can be termed as further evidence of the trade relationship between Tamil Nadu and the Chinese.
Manoj, Ramkumar, Fidel Castro, Ashwinraj and Balaji – five students in the heritage club of Thirupulani Suresh Sudha Alaghan Memorial Government High School – were found in the grounds near Panchayat Union Primary School in Pokkanarendal and east of Sethupathi Palace. Pallapachery near Tirupulani. He handed them over to the council secretary and archaeologist, V Rajguru.
The School’s Archaeological Conservation Council has been operating since 2010, where students learn to identify artifacts, read inscriptions and write.
After examining them, Rajguru said that there are two types of porcelain – porcelain and celadon.
A closer look at the porcelain tiles reveals a web-like structure on its interior and exterior. Made of white clay, designs and shapes were painted on top and then porcelain-type. It was polished with salt to make ceramics. Here broken tiles of bowls, jars and plates have been found,” he said.
The white porcelain surface was painted with red, black, brown, blue, yellow stripes, flowers, curves, and leaf patterns. These belong to the middle period of 12th-13th century AD.
The Chinese ceramic tiles found by the students have been handed over to Shivakumar, the curator of the Government Museum, Ramanathapuram.
found in coastal areas
Porcelain was an important Chinese item from the 10th-13th centuries AD. He bought pearls and cloth from the Pandya Empire. There are reports that China and Tamil Nadu had good trade relations. Chinese pottery from China was unloaded at Periyapattinam port near Ramanathapuram and then sold across the state.
In addition, the foreign travelers Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta mentioned Periyapattinam in their travelogues. Recent excavations conducted by the Tanjore Tamil University have led to the discovery of a large number of Chinese ceramic tiles.
Chinese porcelain fragments have also been found in all the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu which have been excavated so far.
Porcelain sp. has been found from Pattinam to Keezhakkarai and inland areas of Ramanathapuram, which covers a quarter of the total coast of Tamil Nadu. While students have already found these in the school premises at Thirupulani, tiles have also been found in the villages around Thirupulani, indicating that Chinese porcelain was used by the people of the area much earlier.
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