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. A.M.V. Subramanyam
Superintending Archaeologist

Deputy Superintending Archaeologist Shri W.V.S. Narasimham
Deputy Superintending Archaeologist Shri Vijayakumar S.Nair
Deputy Superintending Archaeological Engineer Shri G. Elanchezian
Assistant Superintending Archaeological Engineer Shri R. Kalaiselvan
Administrative Officer Smt. S. Mahalakshmi
Senior Conservation Assistant
Gingee Shri T. SARAVANAN
Senior Conservation Assistant(i/c)
Kanchipuram Shri K RAMA RAO
Conservation Assistant
Mamallapuram Shri T. SARAVANAN
Senior Conservation Assistant
Puducherry Shri V. NAVEENDRA REDDY
Jr. Conservation Assistant
Senior Conservation Assistant (i/c)
Thanjavur Shri S. SANKAR
Conservation Assistant (i/c)
Tirumayam Shri G. SATHISKUMAR
Jr. Conservation Assistant
Trichy Shri S. SANKAR
Conservation Assistant
Senior Conservation Assistant

List of Officers and Staff at Circle Office – View