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Acheulian Culture in Peninsular India

An Ecological Perspective by: Raghunath S. Pappu

This research work studies the Acheulian Culture system in India, examining the cultural material of the Acheulian phase in its ecological setting to throw light on the distribution pattern, habitats, Quaternary deposits mammalian and hominid remains, land use and subsistence, site formation process, genesis and chronology of the Acheulian system.

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ISBN: 9788124601686
Year Of Publication: 2001
Edition: 1st
Pages : xiv, 170
Bibliographic Details : B/w figures; Appendices; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm
Weight: 700

Overview

The Indian sub-continent, particularly the Peninsular India, is recognised 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 phase 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 and chronology of the Acheulian cultural system. Incorporating his own field observations over the last three decades and more as well as integrating and synthesising 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 and contributions of noted Indian geo-archaeologists.

Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of Figures
1. Introduction
Acheulian in the Old World
Acheulian in India
Aims of the Project
Research Methodology
Brief History of Palaeolithic Research
2. Acheulian Culture in Peninsular India
Introduction
Excavated Sites
Other Important Sites
3. Salient Features
Introduction
Distribution
Habitats
Tool Types
Technology
Nature of Assemblages
Functions of Tools
Raw Materials
Quaternary Deposits
Mammalian Fossils
Hominid Remains
Subsistence  Pattern
Palaeoenvironment
Settlement Pattern
Site Formation Processes
Site  Catchment  Analysis
Genesis
Chronology
Comparison and Correlation
4. Acheulian Cultural System
Appendix I : Register of Important Sites/Site Complexes/River Valleys/Districts
Appendix II : Thorium-Uranium and Postassium-Argon Dates for Acheulian Sites in Peninsular India

Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Dr. Raghunath S. Pappu is a scholar of international repute in geo-archaeology who has investigated pre-and proto-hostoric sites in varied ecological settings in different regions of the country. Of significance is his prehistory and Quaternary studies in the Kaladgi basin (north Karnataka) and excavation of Palaeolithic sites of Anagwadi (Karnataka), and Chirki-Nevasa, Wadoli and Inamgaon (Maharashtra). Among his publications, which include researchpapers in various national and international journals, are monographs on PleistoceneStudies in the Upper Krishna Basin and Man-Land Relationship during Palaeolithic Times in the Kaladgi basin, Karnataka.
Books of Raghunath S. Pappu