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The Palaeolithic Context

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

in India an Archaeological History

Second edition

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780198064121
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080519 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198064121.003.0002
The Palaeolithic Context

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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

Chapter.  17569 words.  Illustrated.

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