Prehistoric Architecture (later half of third millennium B.C.)
In the later half of third millennium B.C.,
people in the central and lower Deccan (which constitute most of modern Andhra
Pradesh) lived on or around granite hills. They had round or rectangular
houses, 2.4 to 6 meters wide. Walls were generally made of a mixture of sticks,
earth and clay; erected around 7.5 cm thick wooden posts and a bamboo screen.
The roof was either conical or flat, made of bamboo strips and reeds and
covered with dry leaves and clay. Of pre historic architecture only stone
burials survive in different parts of the state.
Ancient Andhra people were mentioned in the
text of Aitreya Brahmana as early as in the 8th century BC. After
Emperor Asoka, Simuka founded the independent Satavahana dynasty. The
Satavahanas were followed by the Ikshwakus, kutus, Vrahatpalayanas and