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The Directorate of Archaeology is established at Thiruvananthapuram

The Director has under his control Archaeological Museums such as

1,Padmanabhapuram Palace and Museums of Antiquities,

2,Folklore Museums and Numismatic Museum- Koyikkal Palace, Nedumangad,

3,Kottarakkara Thampuran Memorial Museum of Classical Arts,

4, Krishnapuram Palace and Archaeological Museum

5.Archaeological Museums, Hill Palace,

6,Archaeological Museum Thrissur and PazhassiRaja Archaeological Museum, Kozhikode

The Department has also sub offices like

1, Sree Vishakhom Thirunnal School of Epigraphy,

2, Information Center, East Fort,

3,Regional Conservation Laboratory, Thiruvanatthapuram,

4,Mural Art Center, Thrissur and Pazhassikuteeram Project, Manantavady.

This Department also has technical Divisions like field Archaeology headed by the Epigraphy Unit headed by Epigraphist Superintendenting Archaeologist, a Publication unit headed by the Publication Officer, a Maintenance Unit, Structural conservation headed by Conservation Engineer.

List and addresses of Archaeological Museums and Sub Offices

1.         Palace Superintendent/State Public Information Officer

Padmanabhapuram Palace,Thuckalay, Kanyakumari Dist. Phone :04651 250255  

2.         Charge Officer/State Public Information Officer

Koyikkal Palace, Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram Phone :0472 2812136 

3.         Conservation Officer/State Public Information Officer

Regional Conservation Lab, Thiruvananthapuram Phone :0471 2466351

4.         Epigraphist/State Public Information Officer

School of Epigraphy , Thiruvananthapuram Phone :0471 2571043

5.         Technical Assistant/State Public Information Officer

Information Canter,East Fort ,Thiruvananthapuram Phone :0471 2466268

6.         Charge Officer/State Public Information Officer

Kottarakkara Thampuran Memorial Museum of Classical Arts,  Kottarakkara  Phone no :0474 - 2066505

7.         Doccumentation Officer/ State Public Information Officer,

            Sakthan Thamburan Palace, Thrissur.

8.         Charge Officer/State Public Information Officer

Archaeological Museum, Hill Palace.P.O , Thripunithura,  Cochin. Phone: 0484 2781113

9.         Documentation Officer/State Public Information Officer,

Sakthen Thampuran Palace Museum,  Thrissur. PIN 680020. Phone:0487 2323631

10.       Charge Officer &  Mural Art Center/State Public Information Officer,

Chembukkavu.P.O, Thrissur, PIN 680020  Phone no: 0487 2333110

11.       Charge Officer/State Public Information Officer,

Pazhassi Raja Archaeological Museum, East Hill, Kozhikode, Phone no:0495 2384382

12.       Manager/State Public Information Officer,

Pazhassikudeeram Project,  Manantavady, Wayanad. Phone no: 0495 244871

Divisions in the Directorate

Field Archaeology

One of the most important Technical Divisions of the Department of Archaeology is Field Archaeology. In the Directorate of Archaeology Field Archaeology unit is headed by the Superintending Archaeologist. Field Archaeology unit include Education Officer, Excavation Assistant, Field Assistant and Research Assistant. The unit conducts field surveys and prepares reports. On the basis of the report, the Department takes decision whether a site is to be protected under the Ancient Monument Act or it is to be excavated for detailed study etc. Field Archaeologist visits the protected monuments off and on and submits reports. The reports of exploration and excavation are published in Administration Report of the Department of Archaeology annually. The heads of Archaeological Museum function as Field Archaeologist in the concerned district.Publication Unit.

The main function of the publication unit is to prepare and publish scientific reports pamphlets on the various aspects of the Department. The unit is headed by Publication Officer and supported by an Assistant Editor and an L.D. Clerk. The unit publishes catalogues on Museum, numismatic reports on excavation etc. The unit had already published catalogues on Roman Gold Coins and Iron Age in Kerala, a report on the scientific excavation at Mangadu, Guides to Padmanabhapuram Palace (Malayalam and English), Guide to Koyikkal Palace (Malayalam and English), A monologue on Department of archaeology, and *Early coins from Kerala (Reprint). The Department publishes a tri monthly manual ‘Pracheena Keralam', a trilingual Research Monologue on Archaeology and allied subjects.

Sub Offices

Information Centre , East Fort , Thiruvananthapuram

13.  Information Centre , East Fort , Thiruvananthapuram The information centre feeds information about Archaeological Monuments and other Archaeologically and historically important sites to the tourists. It also sells books published by the Department. The Assistant Editor of the Department of Archaeology is in charge of the information centre. The Assistant Editor is also in charge of the nine Fort Gates including East Fort Gate, 3 = km length of Fort Wall and other protected monuments inside the Fort Wall.Regional Conservation Laboratory  The regional conservation laboratory was established under The Department of Archaeology in the year 1978 based on the scheme prepared by the Scientific Advisor, Department of Culture, and Govt. of India. The laboratory is one of the well-equipped laboratories in India capable of undertaking conservation projects on a variety of materials such as stone, metal, mural painting etc. Deteriorated objects brought from various Museums are subjected to scientific examination and treatment at the Laboratory. They include inorganic materials such as stones, metals etc. At monuments conservation is carried out in sito. Excavated materials like iron implements, ornaments, coins etc are brought to Laboratory for preservation. In certain projects the laboratory collaborates with the National Research Laboratory for Conservation, Lucknow, the National Museum, New Delhi, the Indian Council of Conservation Institute and so on. The Regional Conservation Laboratory is an Institutional Member of the Indian Association of the study of Conservation, New Delhi. The Laboratory has conserved mural paintings in the following temples: Thrivikramamgalam temple, Thamalam, Pundareekapuram Vishnu Temple, Thalayolaparambu, Pazhur Perumthrikkovil, near Piravam, Uramana Temple near Muvattupuzha, Sivanaryana Temple, Thirunayathode, near Ankamali, Venkettathevar Temple, Kottakkal, Todeekulam temple, Kannavam, near Thalassery, Ananthapura Temple, Kumbla, Kasargod etc.


Conservation Officer|

Regional Conservation Laboratory,

Thiruvananthapuram - 695 023

Telephone No:0471-2466351


Staff:               Conservation Officer

Archaeological Chemist 

Preservation Assistant

Laboratory Assistant

Peon, Sweeper.

14.  SREE VISHAKHAM THIRUNNAL School of Epigraphy

SREE VISHAKHAM THIRUNNAL School of Epigraphy was established in 1980 to conduct Post Graduate Diploma Courses in Epigraphy. Epigraphy is the study of ancient writing on hard materials like stone, copper etc. In Kerala Epigraphy was initiated by Maharaja Sree Vishakhom Thirunnal (1880-85 AD) the former Maharaja of the erstwhile state of Travancore who had written an article in the journal, the Indian Antiquary Vol II, 1873,P 360.The School of Epigraphy was named as SVT in memory of the late Maharaja. The ancient scripts like Vattezhuthu, Kolezhuthu Malayanma were no longer taught or practiced traditionally in Kerala. In order to create the awarenessn the significance of Epigraphy among the students of History and Malayalam and to bring up a line of scholars to decipher such as scripts, a one year part time post –graduate diploma course was started in 1980.The first batch was completed in 1981 and second batch in1982-83. For Technical reasons this course was discontinued. The School of Epigraphy gives training to the members of the staff of the Department of Archives and Archaeology in deciphering the ancient scripts on Palm Leaf Manuscripts.

            The Officer in charge of School of Epigraphy is the Epigraphist.


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