Monument No: 1


Location: Kondapur

Brief History:
The ancient mounds of Kondapur are quiet extensive, some eighty acres of land under cultivation stands by a stream, at a distance of 2 Kms south of the village Kondapur. The area of the mound was excavated and the site has proved to be extremely fruitful. The evidence so far brought to light one of Andhra period (i.e. 200 B.C to 200 A.D) and the ower strata are still to be dug. The most important clue in determining the age of site so far excavated, is the discovery of nearly two thousand coins, which belong to Andhra period. Several coin moulds also have been found, and it appears that the site as an important Andhra town where coins were minted. At this place a gold coin of the Roman king Augustus (37 B.C to 14 A.D) was also found. The structural remains that have been exposed here are of religious and as well royal houses. The religious structures are Buddhist in nature and consist of Stupas, Chaityas and monasteries. The usage's of large sized bricks (22"X11"X3") for their construction suggests on early date.

The other associated finds like decorated pottery Terracotta figurines; the ornaments made out of gold, copper, ivory, shell, precious and semi-precious stones and terracotta-beads, discovered in this area show that the people who lived here had a highly developed civilization. They seem to have specialized certain industries like ceramics, beads making, minting of coins and modeling of terracotta figurines.