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4) Vijayanagara Narasimha Copper Plates

5) Kadamba Ravivarma Koramangala Plates

6) Oldest Kannada Inscription – Halmidi (A. D. 450)

7) Nandana Hosuru Copper Inscriptions.


In the Study of Numismatics, M. H. Krishna’s contribution in cataloguing 6000 coins in the archives of Bangalore Museum is well remembered.



1928 – Chandravalli, Chitradurga.

M. H. Krishna was among the first to use ‘Stratigraphy’ in India for excavations. At Chandravalli, he was able to unearth remains of an elaborate building, Roman coins – imprinted during the time of Emperor Augustus, Pottery with beautiful illustrations and more.


But his excavation here is best remembered for his successful identification of ‘Isila’ city. In 1892, L. Rice identified Emperor Ashoka’s Inscription here mentioning the city of ‘Isila” near Brahmagiri. But, M. H. Krishna created history in actually excavating the remains of the said city near Brahmagiri. He was further able to impress upon Mortimer Wheeler to continue excavations at this site in 1946. Stone-age and Iron-age relics were also found here.


He excavated different parts of this region and found 16 trenches containing various structures and material. He identified five different cultural strata called ‘Microlithic’, Neolithic, Iron Age, Mauryan and Chalukya-Hoysala strata. He designated the first one (the Microlithic) as the ‘Roppa Culture’ because it was found in the vicinity of that village. His excavations revealed evidences of early human inhabitation in and around ‘Isila’. M. H. Krishna authored ‘Monumenta Karnataka’ and ‘Hoysala Vastushilpa’. Sadly, both were never published. He traced Shivaji’s father’s (Shahaji) burial site. 


Mysore Hatti Krishna (Iyengar)








Alma mater














Known for













19 August, 1892





23 December, 1947


University of Mysore



History, Archaeology, Indology, Numismatics, Epigraphy


Maharaja College, Mysore


Dept. of Archaeology, Mysore State.



'Epigraphia Carnatica' (ed.)


Discovery of Halmidi Inscription


Discovery of city of Isila


Several Travel Guides


Discovery of Shivaji's father's tomb



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Halmidi Inscription

(A. D. 350)

Among the oldest Kannada Inscription.






1) Hyder-nama: authored by one Nallappa; It is an unabashed and neutral perspective on day to day life of Hyder Ali and that of his people’s under his rule.

2) “Sukthi Sudarnava”: authored by Mallikarjuna under Hoysala Someswara.

3) ‘Navarasa Alamkara’

4) 'Vidyaranya Kala Gnana

5) ‘Padma Puranada Teke

6) “Bejawadi Madavanakana Kaavu

7) “Mysore Samsthanada Doregala Parampare Kraphi Yathi”


Publications under the department of archaeology under M. H. Krishna’s leadership:

1) ‘Epigraphia Carnatica’ – Vol. 14 – Collection of Inscriptions from Mysore and Mandya.

2) ‘Epigraphia Carnatica’ – Vol 15 – Collection of Inscriptions from Hassan.

3) ‘Epigraphia Carnatica’ – Vol 13 – Second Half

4) Annual Reports of Department of Archaeology (1906 – 1918).

5) Travel Brochures on Belur, Halebidu, Shravanabelagola, Talakadu, Srirangapatnam and Nandi Hills.

6) Annual Reports of Department of Archaeology (1929 – 1946).

M. H. Krishna’s associations with various organisations:

1) Maharaja College Karnataka Sangha

2) University Historical Association

3) Kannada Sahitya Parishat

4) Mythic Society

5) Vidyavardhaka Sangha, Dharwad

6) Vijayanagar Smarakothsava Institute

7) Karnataka Historical Research Society

8) Karnataka Historical Congress

9) Indian Science Congress

10) Indian History Congress

11) Indian Historical Records Commission

12) Numismatic Society of India

13) All India Oriental Conference

Halmidi Inscription
(A. D. 350)
Among the oldest Kannada Inscription.





M. H. Krishna