Department of Epigraphy And Archaeology


  • To study the culture and civilization of South India based on the archaeological and epigraphical sources.
  • To collect, document, preserve, analyze, edit and publish inscriptions, copper plates and related documents pertaining to the history of Tamil Nadu.
  • To explore the sites of archaeological importance to augment the cultural history of Tamil Nadu.
  • To understand the antiquity of Tamil Nadu both in time and space and to study the political, social and economic development of Tamil Nadu using primarily archaeological and epigraphical sources.
  • To prepare a digital Historical atlas of Tamil Nadu


  • The Department has discovered oldest Tamil -Brahmi inscriptions on hero stones at Pulimankombai, Thathapatti and Porpanaikottai. Theses are milestone discoveries in the archaeology of Tamil nadu.
  • The Department has excavated the archaeological sites of Vallam, Periypattinam, Kodumanal, Mayiladumparai, Thandikkudi, Nagapattinam and Pillayarpatti.
  • The department has organized 50 seminars, workshops and refresher courses
  • The faculty members of the department have completed 25 research projects
  • The faculty members have published 25 books
  • Epigraphical Estempage Repository – 500 estempages
  • Museum and Antiquity Collections – 5000 antiquities

Academic Programmes

  • M.A. History and Archaeology
  • M.Phil. History, Epigraphy and Archaeology
  • Ph.D. History, Epigraphy and Archaeology

Faculty Members


Dr. P. Jayakumar
Professor and Head of the Department

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Dr. A. Thulasendran
Assistant Professor

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Dr. M. Bhavani
Assistant Professor

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