: Tamil Nadu minister for Tamil language and culture Ma Foi K Pandiarajan Saturday denied any slack in the Keezhadi excavation work and said the state government would not allow the Centre to prevent the work.
Talking to newsmen here after inspecting the excavated sites, he saidhe had held discussions with the state archaeological department on the next phase of excavation, and where the fifth phase should begin.
He said carbon dating of the articles found during the excavation was being done, and this could be the reason for the delay in the submsission of report.
The minister hoped the report of Athichanallur excavation done 17 years ago would be made available next month.
So far, 7,000 artefacts had been unearthed during the excavation, he added.
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