In the heart of Tamil Nadu, 12 kilometers southeast of Madurai, lies the remarkable Keezhadi excavation site. A testament to the vibrant history of the Sangam-age settlement, this site has captured the attention of scholars, archaeologists, and history enthusiasts alike. Spearheaded by the collaborative efforts of the Archaeological Survey of India and the Tamil Nadu State Department of Archaeology, Keezhadi unveils layers of the past with each meticulous dig.
The Keezhadi excavation site is more than just a physical location; it is a portal to a bygone era. Rich with artifacts that echo the lives of those who walked its grounds centuries ago, this site invites us to delve into the mysteries of the past. It offers a unique window into the Vaigai civilization, sparking curiosity about our ancestors' lives, aspirations, and achievements.
This graduation project emerges at the crossroads of history, archaeology, and design. The Design Brief explores the art of curating an immersive and enlightening experience for visitors who step into the shoes of time travelers. This venture centers on the speculative construction of the Vaigai civilization’s narrative. It draws upon various resources, from the tangible artifacts unearthed by dedicated excavators to the threads of history woven into literary sources and archaeological interpretations.
Design and archaeology intersect where the tactile and the intangible converge. Through this project, we aspire to craft a space that bridges the temporal gap between now and then, inviting contemplation, sparking dialogue, and fostering a profound connection to our heritage.