Category Archives: Archaeology

A new anthropological museum in Kolkata: New light on hunter-gatherers and modern India’s cultural and linguistic diversity – West Bengal

Shiv Sahay Singh, The Hindu, Kolkata, February 20, 2017 | To read the full article, click here >> A new museum in Kolkata tells the tale of how modern humans in the Indian subcontinent evolved from ancestors who arrived about 12.3 million … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Ancient rock art and modern graffiti: Continuity of tribal tradition since 1500 B.C. – Tamil Nadu

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN, Frontline, 27 November 2015 | To view the slideshow and read the full article, click here >> India has about 5,000 rock art sites, next only to Australia and South Africa, where prehistoric people have recorded life as they saw it, … Continue reading

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New interactive map | A virtual journey across time and space

Whatever our own cultural background, there are amazing discoveries to be made, for India’s youth just as for scholars and visitors from all over the world! Learn more about – and from – some of India’s tribal communities by clicking on any marker … Continue reading

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The Kurumbars’ role in South India’s Paleolithic culture: Epigraphical records on Chennai’s ancient history – Tamil Nadu

Times of India, June 24, 2016 | To read the full article, click here >> A study of the region by Colonel Colin Mackenzie says Tondaimandalam was 1st inhabited by Kurumbas, a fierce tribe The move of the state government to create … Continue reading

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‘Unity in Diversity’: All round modernization drive by the Anthropological Survey of India (ANSI)

Times of India, May 19, 2015 | To read the full article, click here >> NAGPUR: The Anthropological Survey of India (ANSI) on Monday opened a new section, ‘Material Culture of Central India: Unity in Diversity’ at its museum in the … Continue reading

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Evidence suggesting a Gondi-Harappan link (Indus Valley civilisation, 2500 B.C.–1750 BC): Pictographs deciphered with the help of a proto Dravidian tribal language – Karnataka

S. Harpal Singh, The Hindu, Telangana, December 16, 2014  | To enlarge the image and read the full article, click here >> “On the goddess Kotamma temple woollen market way there is a rocky roof shelter for shepherds and sheep to … Continue reading

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India’s tribal cultural heritage: An alphabetical journey – Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh & Delhi

There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. | Learn more >> States and Capitals Bihar (Patna) Related posts on www.indiantribalheritage.org >> Chhattisgarh (Raipur) Related posts … Continue reading

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Did the Indus Valley Civilisation script remain “elusive because no one has attempted to study the script using Gondi symbols and language”? – Karnataka

Lhendup G Bhutia, OPEN Magazine, Archaeology, 28 November 2014 | For more images and to read the full article, click here >> New findings raise an old question: Do South Indians belong to the Indus Valley Civilisation? Around two kilometres away from … Continue reading

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“A living testimony of one’s love for nature, culture, tradition, history and posterity” : The Ever Living Museum at Mawshabuit (Shillong) – Meghalaya

Andrew W. Lyngdoh, The Telegraph, Calcutta, April 9 , 2015 | To view more photos and read the full article, click here >> Away from the hustle and bustle of the ever-growing and ever-congested city, the Ever Living Museum at … Continue reading

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Video | Chronicling 15,000 years of history: The Rock Art of Djulirri – Australia

The Rock Art of Djulirri December 14, 2010 by Samir S. Patel To watch all five parts from the beginning, click here >> In a remote corner of Arnhem Land in central northern Australia, the Aborigines left paintings chronicling 15,000 years … Continue reading

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A commemoration fostering unity among tribal communities: Hero stones now and then – Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala

KUMUD JENAMANI, The Telegraph, Thursday , December 30 , 2010 Kharsawan’s tribal tribute set in stone – Slab to be installed at Shahid Sthal in memory of martyrs of 1948 mutiny KUMUD JENAMANI Jamshedpur, Dec. 29: A New Year tribute to old … Continue reading

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Edakkal caves in Wayanad considered together with Padmanabhapuram Palace: New World heritage sites draft list of UNESCO – Kerala & Tamil Nadu

The Hindu, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, May 15, 2014 | Read the full story here >> The Padmanabhapuram Palace at Thakkala has been included in the draft list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Cultural Affairs Minister K.C. Joseph said here on Wednesday that the … Continue reading

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Tip | Search useful information before visiting India: Responsible tourism, eco tourism and volunteer work

New and “exotic” destinations are being promoted by the tourism industry all over the world. Responsible travellers and volunteers care about the welfare of local people. Some restrictions may prevent tourists from entering sensitive “tribal” areas of India. In other regions, the impact of tourism raises ethical questions. More >> Search tips: checking … Continue reading

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A “unique and highly significant” discovery: Rock engravings depicting a human being with a bow and arrow at near Edakkal caves (Wayanad district) – Kerala

E.M. MANOJ, KALPETTA, The Hindu, January 18, 2014 An anthropomorphic figure has been discovered among the prehistoric petroglyphs (rock engravings) on the Thovari hills near Edakkal caves in the Wayanad district of Kerala. […] The petroglyph, a stylistic depiction of a … Continue reading

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Rock Art Studies (Asiatic Society Kolkata): Continuum of the art tradition “evident among pre-literate and indigenous ethnic entities” – Central India & Kerala

Rock art studies in India is not only restricted to the Palaeolithic period, it extends even beyond it. In the Indian subcontinent the caves and rock shelters were inhabited and used by people over many periods, throughout which the rock … Continue reading

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Rock shelters of Bhimbetka: Aboriginal folklore and popular culture of the Adivasis – Madhya Pradesh

Read the full article and view all the photos by Baaran Ijlal here >> Rakshanda Jalil, The Hindu, August 31, 2013 […] Fresh from the book launch of Ijlal Majeed’s stunning new poetry collection in Bhopal, I find myself gazing at the … Continue reading

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Indigenous population assert their culture and land rights peacefully: The patience of first peoples – Argentina

A bad place to be indigenous. But Argentina’s ‘original peoples’ are gathering momentum. A clash of dreams Indigenous Argentinians, disrespected and ignored for too long, are forging new alliances in their quest to safeguard the natural world […] As I draw … Continue reading

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Gondi language school initiative: Discovery of ‘Koyaboli’ or Gondi (dialect) script recently in Adilabad district – Andhra Pradesh

S. Harpal Singh, The Hindu, GUNJALA (ADILABAD DT.), January 30, 2013 A chance discovery of ‘Koyaboli’ or Gondi (dialect) script recently in Adilabad district has opened new vistas in the educational and cultural development of the major primitive Gond tribe in … Continue reading

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Commemorating forced tribal migration 175 years ago: The Trail of the Tears remembered by Cherokees as “the place where they cried” – Tennessee

  This map shows the forced paths of removal for several tribes of Indians. (Image: “Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 4: History of Indian-White Relations,” Wikipedia)  – click on the image to read the full story This year marks … Continue reading

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Articles on Adivasi culture in Folio Special issue

Contributors GN Devy – see also Bhasha Research Centre and Ganesh Devy on this website Gail Omvedt Suresh Sharma Smitu Kothari Amita Baviskar Meena Radhakrishna KK Chakravarthy Ashish Kothari Mari Thekaekara and Stan Thekaekara – see also Accord and Mari Marcel Thekaekara on this website Dilip D’Souza Roopa Devadasan and N … Continue reading

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“Ayurveda has evolved from the folk medicine” – Book review: Medicine and Life Sciences in India

Review: Medicine and Life Sciences in India. Subbarayappa, B. V. (Ed.) 2001. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd. Pp: 771. Price not given. by D.P. Agrawal & Lalit Tiwari Of late the West is veering round to the Alternative … Continue reading

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Machu Picchu: UNESCO World Heritage site close to some of the world’s last uncontacted tribes – Peru

In 2007, Machu Picchu was declared one of the seven new wonders of the world. Today, the lives of uncontacted tribes in the same valley are threatened by gas and oil extraction. […] Every year, nearly 1 million tourists visit … Continue reading

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Figures carefully drawn with attention to detail, proportion and symmetry – rock art discovery in Tamil Nadu

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Tiruvalluvar revered as ancient king among the Kaani of Kanyakumari district – Tamil Nadu

S. PADMANABHAN, The Hindu, 29 April 2005 It is interesting to learn that a hill in Kanyakumari district is named after Tiruvalluvar. […] The Kanyakumari Historical and Cultural Research Centre recently brought to light the existence of Valluvan Kal Potrai in … Continue reading

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Toda and Kota resources on archive.org – Nilgiri (South India)

Example: one of several resources found by typing “Nilgiri” in the archive.org Search window Anthropology of the Todas and Kotas of the Nilgiri Hills : and of the Bráhmans, Kammálans, Pallis, and Pariahs of Madras City (1896) Author: Thurston, Edgar, 1855-1935 Subject: … Continue reading

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