Peeping the Past- Through Palaeolithic Tools (An Introduction)

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Item Code: NAW849
Author: S Vasanthi
Publisher: Tamil Nadu Government
Language: English
Edition: 2012
Pages: 78
Other Details 6.00 X 8.50 inch
Weight 190 gm
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The Prehistoric sites mostly of Paleolithic period are found concentrated in Sohan Valley of Siwalik Hills, Northern India and Allikuli Hills, Tiruvallur District in Tamil Nadu. Stone implements worked by the early men at Sohan Valley of Shiwalik Hills, Northern India are Abbevillian in technique while implements from Poondi reservoir (Allikuli Hills) are Acheulian in technique. Since tools are found in large quantity in Sohan Valley, the tools assemblages is called ‘Sohan Valley Industry’. Likewise, implements from Poondi are known as ‘Madras Hand-Axe’ as the sites are close to madras (now Chennai). On account of yielding of good number of stone tools found, tools assemblage site is called ‘Madras Hand-Axe Industry’. The pioneer work by R.B. Foote, British Geologist who found the first tool at Pallavaram near Madras (Chennai) in the year 1863 had led to the discovery of Paleolithic sites around Poondi, Tiruvallur District, Subsequently, Indian scholars have also worked on that and found many sites and collected Paleolithic implements in this region.

Apart from exploration, excavation conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India and Tamil Nadu State Department of Archaeology has thrown light on the environmental changes that occurred in the geological past in this area and yielded invaluable implements from various chronological levels. Recently, in the year 2005-06, the State Department of Archaeology excavated the site at Parikulam and unearthed a number of Paleolithic tools such as Scrapper, Hammer, Ovoid, Discoid, etc., confirming the richness of the area. An exhibition was held subsequently and the finding have been published in the book released in 2007.


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