Vijayawada: A 15th Century stone trough has been spotted on the right back of the Krishna river at Tangeda village in Dachepalli mandal, Guntur district during the explorations conducted by archaeologist and CEO, Cultural Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati, Dr E. Sivanagi Reddy as part of the Preserve Heritage for Posterity programme on Friday.
Dr Reddy, accompanied by Durga temple trust board member Gudapati Padmasekhar noticed the stone trough chiselled in local Palnadu limestone measuring 15ft x 3ft x 3ft with a depth of one foot to store the water drawn from the river Krishna to facilitate drinking water for elephants during the 15th century AD.
A ferry point and an inland port tour served as an administrative headquarters of Tangedasthala and also as a multinational trade centre.
Dr Reddy said that Tangeda was encircled by a fort and a moat was a strategic defence outpost of the Kakatiya, Reddy and Vijayanagara rulers in the medieval times.
The archaeologist appealed to the state government to preserve the stone trough for posterity.