The state government has preliminarily notified two sites in East Khasi Hills as heritage sites – a neolithic tool site at Myrkhan and megalithic monuments at Nongkseh.
The government issued the notification today using its powers under the Meghalaya Heritage Act 2023. Objections to this notification can be submitted within 30 days, the Arts and Culture Department informed.
Myrkhan is close to Elephant Falls. An archaeological dig has been working at the site for the last 10 years and has uncovered numerous ancient stone tools. The archaeologists and villagers of the area had proposed to build a museum to display the tools found there.
Nongkseh, meanwhile, contains ancient megaliths that were used as stalls by market traders at a site called Iew Rynghep.