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Pulavar S. Rasu, the renowned archaeologist, epigraphist, and Tamil scholar who identified Kodumanal during Erode 5 in Kerala, is remembered for his remarkable contribution.

ERODE: 04/20/2019 02:07 PM | Last updated 12:08 PM ET – 08/09 2023

Pulavar S. Rasu, an acclaimed archaeologist, epigraphist, and Tamil scholar who described Kodumanal as a “gallon of treasures,” died at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at 2:30 pm in rented hospital in Coimbatore due to age-related complications.

He was born in Vellamuthugoundan Valasu on January 2, 1938, in the Chennimalai union of Vellode. He went on to complete his postgraduate studies in literature at the University of Madras and obtain his doctorate from Madurai Kamaraj University.

He began his career as a Tamil teacher in Erode in 1959 and went on to work for the State Department of Archaeology in 1980. In 1982, he joined the Tamil University in Thanjavur. He then assumed the role of Head ofArchaseological Research and started conducting research.

He made several trips to Kodumanal and identified the village as the one mentioned as ‘Kodumannam’ in Padhitrupathu of Sangam literature. Subsequent excavations began in 1985, which exposed two cultural periods – megalithic and early historic.

The U.V. Swaminatha Iyer Award was bestowed upon the poet by the Tamil Nadu government in 2012 for his work as a Tamil scholar. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

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