Renowned archaeologist R. Nagaswamy passes away at 91 in Chennai

Published on : 08:05 PM Jan 23, 2022

Renowned archaeologist and the first director of Tamil Nadu's Department of Archaeology, R. Nagaswamy, has passed away today in Chennai. The 91-year-old is survived by two sons and two daughters.

Chennai: R Nagaswamy, renowned archaeologist and the first director of the state Department of Archaeology, has passed away today at his Chennai home. The 91-year-old is survived by two sons and two daughters.

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The famed historian was a great field archaeologist, epigraphist, conservator of heritage and a prolific writer, producing several scholarly works.

He became the first director of the Department of Archaeology in 1966 and retired in 1988 after 22 years of work at the institute. Born on August 30, 1930, Nagaswamy held a Master's Degree from the Madras University in Sanskrit. He was awarded Padma Bhusan in 2018. Advertisement

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