In the last decade or so, there has been substantial development in understanding the behavioural patterns of past hunter-gatherers societies. Although images of existing hunting-gathering populations continue to be used as analogues in drawing inferences about the past, there has been a considerable shift in the analyses of both, the archaeological record and the ethnographic data as well as more meaningful engagement with inquiries in territoriality, mobility strategies, and the use of raw materials by past hunter-gatherer societies. This volume tries to explore these questions vis-à-vis the prehistory of a small river valley in West Medinapur, West Bengal to assess how far some of the theoretical issues raised in hunter-gatherer studies are relevant to the Indian context. Although remarkable advances have been made in expanding the database on new sites in Indian prehistory, in the appreciation of the palaeoenvironment and the chronology of the different cultures, yet studies highlighting theoretical issues are relatively few. This volume, therefore, will be of great interest to both, students and researchers alike.
Exploring New Dimensions in Hunter-Gatherer Studies: The Prehistory of the Tarafeni Valley
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