Archaeological Survey of India Government of India was established in the year 1861. It is the premier institution in India concentrating on archaeological researches, explorations, excavations and protection and preservation of monuments and sites of national importance. The functions of ASI are as per the provisions of  Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958, Rules, 1959 and Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010. The ASI regulates the export trade of non-antiquities through the provisions of Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972 and Rules, 1973.Chennai Circle, formerly called Southern Circle covering the whole area of the then Madras Presidency was established in the year 1881.
TamilNadu there are some temple is under ARCHAEOLOGY control. There are some list of temples they are
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