About us

Archaeological Survey of India, Chennai Circle, formerly called Southern Circle covering whole area of the then Madras Presidency was established in the year 1881. Sir Alexander Rea became the first Superintendent in 1902. Subsequently, great scholars like A.H. Longhurst, Pundit Hirananda Shastri, H.Hayatkhan, T.N.Ramachandran, V.D.Krishnaswamy, Krishna Deva, K.R. Srinivasan, K.V.Soundararajan and others headed the Southern Circle. The geographical jurisdiction of Chennai Circle is: Tamil Nadu State (except the Districts of Tirunelveli, Kanniyakumari and the Nilgiris), Andhra Pradesh (Chittur District) and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Total number of Centrally Protected Monuments under the jurisdiction of Chennai Circle: 251. Total Number of Centrally Protected Sites under the jurisdiction of Chennai Circle: 160.

The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Sri Brihadeswara Temple at Thanjavur and Gangaikondacholapuram, Sri Airavateswara Temple at Darasuram have been declared as World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.

The activities of this circle include: exploration, excavation, conservation and preservation of monuments, documentation of loose sculptures and excavated antiquities, organizing cultural awareness programme on different themes on the occasion of important days every year. Pursuant to the issue of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010, the Archaeological Survey of India, Chennai Circle monitors construction activities in the prohibited and regulated areas of national monuments and sites under its jurisdiction.

Conservation/preservation of monuments/sites are carried out departmentally through the Senior Conservation Assistants/ Conservation Assistants of the ten sub-circles. The ten sub-circle offices are at Chennai, Gingee, Kanchipuram, Mamallapuram, Puducherry, Salem, Thanjavur, Tirumayam, Trichy and Vellore.

Chennai Circle office is located at Fort St.George, Chennai – 600 009.
Head of Office:

Dr. G.Maheshwari
Superintending Archaeologist

Officers:
Deputy Superintending Archaeologist  
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Engineer Shri S Rajendiran
Assistant Superintending Archaeological Engineer Shri G Elanchezhian
Administrative Officer Shri D Mahesh
Security Officer Capt.(Retd.) Harold Barnes
   
 
Sub-Circles:
Chennai

Shri T Saravanan
Conservation Assistant

Gingee Shri M Varadaraj Suresh
Conservation Assistant
Kanchipuram Shri PVNCM Eswar
Conservation Assistant
Mamallapuram Shri Shaik Jilani Basha
Senior Conservation Assistant
Puducherry Shri D Sridhar
Foreman
Salem Shri S Sankar
Foreman
Thanjavur Shri P Vasudevan
Senior Conservation Assistant
Tirumayam Shri R.Mani
Conservation Assistant
Trichy Shri MP Kiran Kumar
Conservation Assistant
Vellore Shri P Chandrasekaran
Conservation Assistant

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