Event review: Central Narmada Basin Paleoanthropology Fieldschool

  • Parth Chauhan Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali
  • Prabhin Sukumaran Charotar University of Science and Technology Gujarat
Keywords: geoarchaeology, paleoanthropology, fieldschool

Abstract


In comparison to other subjects in Indian archaeology and Quaternary studies, paleoanthropology has declined significantly in recent decades as a prominent academic discipline in the Indian Subcontinent. Most archaeological research and teaching in South Asia are largely focused on younger time periods, primarily the protohistoric or Chalcolithic and historical phases. In addition to lack of general interest and lack of popularization, another major reason for this decline in paleoanthropology may be the methodological challenges in interpreting complex paleoanthropological records, e.g., landform assemblage, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, assessing contextual integrity of the archaeological evidence (compared to younger sites) and so forth. Due to inadequate preserved evidence compared to younger archaeological sites, the study of human history during the Quaternary demands a multi-disciplinary approach with highly sophisticated and extensive field-based surveys and integrated scientific analyses from geological perspectives.

Author Information

Parth Chauhan, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali
India

Prabhin Sukumaran, Charotar University of Science and Technology Gujarat

Department of Civil Engineering
Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT) Gujarat
India

Published
15-Mar-2016
How to Cite
Chauhan, P., & Sukumaran, P. (2016, March 15). Event review: Central Narmada Basin Paleoanthropology Fieldschool. Journal of Lithic Studies, 3(1), 327-329. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.2218/jls.v3i1.1495