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Acheulian Culture in Peninsular India

Acheulian Culture in Peninsular India


Item Code: IDD215

by Raghunath S. Pappu

Hardcover (Edition: 2001)

D. K. Printworld
ISBN 8124601682

Language: English
Size: 9.8" X 7.5"
Pages: 170 {45 Illustrations in B/W}
Weight of the Book: 675 gms
Price: $40.00
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The Indian sub-continent particularly the peninsular India, is recognized as one of the richest areas of Acheulian occupation in the Old world. This research work is a detailed study of the Acheulian Culture system in India –signifying the earliest cultural occupation here.

The book examines the cultural material of the Acheulian phases in its ecological setting to throw light on the distribution pattern, nature of habitats, quaternary deposits, mammalian and hominid remains, land use and subsistence, site formation process, genesis ad chronology of the Acheulian cultural system. Incorporating his own field observations over the last three decades and more as well as integrating and synthesizing the available data and evidence on Acheulian culture, Dr. R.S. Pappu presents a comprehensive understanding of the Acheulian system and in general behavioural patterns of early hunting and food gathering communities. He also provides an account of the progress of palaeolithic research in India since the first discovery of Palaeolithic settlement by Foote in 1863, tracing the major projects ad contributions of noted Indian geo-archaeologists.

About the Author

He is a scholar of international repute in geo-archaeology who has investigated pre and proto-historic sites in varied ecological settings in different regions of the country. Of significance is his prehistory and Quaternary study in the Kaladgi basin and excavation of Palaeolithic sites of Angadwadi, and Chirki-Nevasa, wadoli and Inamgaon. Among his publications, which include research papers in various national and international journals, are monographs on Pleistocene studies in the Upper Krishna Basin and Man-Land Relationship during Palaeolithic Times in the Kaladgi basin, Karnataka.

Foreword v
Acknowledgements vii
List of Figures xiii
Acheulian in the Old World 1
Acheulian in India 2
Aims of the Project 3
Research Methodology 4
Brief History of Palaeolithic Research 6
Introduction 13
Excavated Sites 13
Other Important Sites 61
Introduction 69
Distribution 69
Habitats 70
Tool Types 72
Technology 73
Nature of Assemblages 74
Functions of Tools 88
Raw Materials 89
Quaternary Deposits 90
Mammalian Fossils 104
Hominid Remains 109
Subsistence Pattern 110
Palaeoenvironment 111
Settlement Pattern 114
Site Formation Processes 115
Site Catchment Analysis 116
Genesis 116
Chronology 117
Comparison and Correlation 118
Appendix I Register of important Sites/Site Complex/Rivers Valleys/ Districts 129
Appendix II Thorium-Uranium and Postassium-Argon Dates for Acheulian Sites in Peninsular India 134
Bibliography 137
Index 161
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