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Paleoanthropology Shiwalik Excavation

The Anthropological Survey of India has a rich ancient human skeletal repository with a wide ranging collection of about thirty (30) human skeletal series representing a vast horizon of culture from the late Stone Age to the historical period including the Harappan sites.

At present Anthropological Survey of India has taken a project ‘Siwalik Excavation’ in view of prehistoric importance of the area.

The objectives of the projects are:

  • To recover paleoanthropological and archaeological remains to understand the evolution and cultural adaptation of the hominoids.
  • To know whether the Siwalik paleolithicculture were transmitted from Soanian to Acheulian or represents an independent innovation of (Acheulian) technology.

 

Under this project Researchers have conducted fieldwork in the middle Siwalik region of Gumarwin area of Bilaspur district and Upper Siwalik region of Saketi area of Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh.

During the fieldwork Stone Age implements (both Soanian and Acheulian) such as chopper, handaxe, clever, large scraper along with large flake and unfinished tool have been noticed on surface context and very few in stratified condition.

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