What are Ring Wells used for?

By Shivank Goel|Updated : September 5th, 2022

Ring wells were used for drainage and as trash dumping areas. On occasion, these served as toilets as well. Ring wells are created by stacking ceramic rings or rows of pots one above the other. This creation dates back to the Mauryan Empire.

What is Ring Wells?

As the name suggests, ring wells were stacks of pots or rings, mostly modeled out of ceramic and terracotta. Their creation dates back to the Mauryan Empire, where they were used for drainage and dumping of trash. The Tamil Nadu state archaeological agency has discovered the upper portion of what may be another ring well at Agaram in the Keeladi cluster in the Sivaganga district. The most intriguing remains of the ancient civilization, which thrived on the banks of the Vaigai, have been ring wells.

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  • The ring wells supposedly find their origin in the Mauryan period of Indian history.

  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has found a 4.4-meter-deep ring well during the most recent excavation at Purana Qila.

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