Famous sites of Old Stone Age (2 mn BCE to 10000 BCE) in India: Exploring the Prehistoric Period and Human Origins 103 by Santhosh kumar Athaluri

Exploring the Prehistoric Period and Human Origins 103 by Santhosh kumar Athaluri

Aug 5, 2023 - 16:42

India is rich in archaeological sites that provide evidence of human habitation during the Old Stone Age (Paleolithic period). Some of the famous sites from this period include:

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Madhya Pradesh: Bhimbetka is a UNESCO World Heritage site that contains one of the oldest rock art galleries in the world. The site has rock shelters with paintings dating back to the Paleolithic era, as well as the Mesolithic and historical periods.

Hiran Valley, Madhya Pradesh: Located near the Narmada River, Hiran Valley has yielded prehistoric stone tools, artifacts, and fossils that date back to the Lower Paleolithic period.

Attirampakkam, Tamil Nadu: This site in southern India has provided important evidence of Acheulian culture (characterized by distinctive stone handaxes) and is believed to be one of the earliest sites of human occupation in India.

Didwana, Rajasthan: Didwana is known for its Paleolithic tool assemblages, including handaxes, scrapers, and other stone tools.

Hunsgi and Isampur, Karnataka: These sites have yielded Lower Paleolithic tools, including Acheulian handaxes, and have contributed significantly to our understanding of early human activities in India.

Patne, Maharashtra: Patne has provided evidence of early stone tool industries, including the Acheulian tradition, and has been a significant site for understanding human evolution in India.

Soan Valley, Punjab: The Soan Valley has several sites with Lower Paleolithic stone tool assemblages, shedding light on the early occupation and cultural developments in the region.

Adamgarh Hill, Madhya Pradesh: This site contains evidence of prehistoric rock art and stone tools dating back to the Paleolithic era.

These are just a few examples of the many prehistoric sites in India. Archaeological research continues to uncover new sites and further our understanding of human history during the Old Stone Age in the Indian subcontinent.

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