Peddabankor is a town present in the Peddapalli district, Telangana, India. Peddabankor is an early Buddhist site that got discovered in the 1960s in the Peddapalli District at the confluence of two small streams in Telangana, India.
Peddabankor is located at a distance of 18 miles from Karimnagar. It is a place of archeological interest and the excavations here revealed some interesting things. In the excavations, archaeologists have found apsidal rubble walled structures, brick structures, brick built, and terracotta wolves. Peddabankor site also shows covered underground drains to channel wastewater into soakage pits.
Although Peddabankur is a small village in the present times, it was an important settlement during the Satavahana period extending over a 30-hectare area in ancient times. At a distance of 10 kilometers from Peddabankur there is a fortified site which is one of the 30 walled cities mentioned by Megasthenes.
The archaeologists say that the stupa must belong to the third century BCE because an inscription of the first quarter of the second century BCE records the existing stupa. They have also recovered Roman coins and a terra cotta figure of a Roman trader belonging to that period. Archaeologists have not found any evidence of a monastery presents there but a site of this size needed monks for regular rituals.
From the absence of the Buddha, it seems to be a Theravada site.
The archaeological findings also include punch-marked coins, Roman and Satavahana coins; iron objects including agricultural, carpentry, and domestic implements, and weapons such as spearheads, spikes, and arrowheads. Artifacts such as seals, beads and bangles, terracotta and kaolin human figures, antimony rods, dice, and coin molds have been found here. Brahmi labels belonging to the 1st century were also discovered in the excavations. Evidence for the forging of iron was also found in the Peddabankur excavations.
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