Aims and objectives
Sluices with inscriptions installed in ancient irrigation tanks between 6th and 16th century CE in Tamil Nadu transformed the entire landscape. The study of sluice inscriptions provides a glimpse of technology-oriented water management system and the social process that happened due to the introduction of new hydro technology. It provides ample scope to understand the history, irrigational techniques, water management, social structure, rituals and other cultural aspects associated with the sluices. The documentation, decipherment and digitisation of the sluice inscriptions provides scope to understand the historical context and the history of science and technology.