Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan
Hon'ble Chief Minister of Kerala

 

Shri. Ramachandran Kadannappally
Hon'ble Minister for Archaeology

 

Smt.Rani George IAS
Secretary, Dept. of  Cultural Affairs

 

Shri. J. Rejikumar
Director

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Welcome to Department of Archaeology- Government of Kerala

Kerala State Department of Archaeology evolved into its present form consequent to the integration of The Department of Archaeology in the erstwhile states of Cochin and Travancore on the formation of the Kerala State, the ancient sites and monuments in the District of Malabar which was part of the former Madras Province came under the Jurisdiction of the Kerala State Department of Archaeology.  The genesis of the Department of Archaeology in the erstwhile Travancore State may be traced back to December 1891 when the ruling sovereign Sri Mulam Thirunal Rama Varma (1885 to 1924) sanctioned a monthly grant of Rs.50/- for a year to Sri.P.Sundaram Pillai, (Professor of Philosophy, H.H.Maharajas College, present University College), and author of ˜Early Sovereigns of Travancore), for the maintenance of an establishment engaged in the study and interpretation of inscriptions. However no permanent arrangement was made until 1071 ME (1895-96 AD) for its continuance.In the same year a committee was constituted to advice the Government on the methods of maintenance and preservation of Historical sites and monuments in Travancore. 

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