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India an Archaeological HistoryPalaeolithic Beginnings to Early Historic Foundations$
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Dilip Chakrabarti

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198064121

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198064121.001.0001

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The Palaeolithic Context

The Palaeolithic Context

(p.41) II The Palaeolithic Context
India an Archaeological History

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a brief research review of the palaeolithic context to offer a generalized academic perspective of the various types of research which have been conducted in this field. For the period before 1974 some detailed discussion was needed to show how much of the modern research is rooted in that period, especially in the writings of Cammiade and Burkitt, de Terra and Paterson, and Todd. The chapter then discusses skeletal evidence of the occurrence of a true hominid fossil in the subcontinent, the earliest dates of paleolithic tools in the subcontinent; regional distribution of sites, their stratigraphy, and their climatic background; cultural evidence, evidence of art, and chronology. It also discusses the ethnographic approach of some of the scholars.

Keywords:   hominid fossil, paleolithic tools, subcontinent, stratigraphy, ethnography, cultural evidence, art

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