NIAS Heritage, Science and Society Programme-Debating Heritage (Friday lecture) - Dr. Prachi Joshi will speak on "Palaeolithic Cultural Heritage of the Wainganga basin, Maharashtra"

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus

Bengaluru 560 012


Debating Heritage (Friday lecture)


NIAS Heritage, Science and Society Programme


Invites you to a lecture (via Google meet) 



Topic: Palaeolithic Cultural Heritage of the Wainganga basin, Maharashtra 




Dr. Prachi Joshi

Research Intern

Sharma Centre for Heritage Education


Date: 23/10/2020

Time: 4.30. P.M



Palaeolithic sites of the Wainganga River basin have a long history of research, and were known since 1957 as the Wainganga industry. Recent ongoing research into the Palaeolithic archaeology of this basin has focused on investigating the nature of occupation, technological changes and transitions through time with a view towards understanding past behaviour. Systematic surveys of this region resulted in the discovery of a total of 34 sites. These sites occur in a regolith derived from weathered bedrock, in colluvio-alluvial deposits, and in reworked contexts within the river channel. Holistic approaches towards the study of surface sites, including investigation of issues related to palimpsests and site formation studies, are proposed in the present study factoring in both geomorphological features and the physical condition of the assemblages. In the Acheulian assemblage we note a clear evidence of deliberate raw material selection for fine-grained quartzitic sandstone. Distinct preferences are seen in the dimensions of bifaces, with a clear selection of range of sizes. The Middle Palaeolithic is sparsely represented in this region. However, numerous sites of the Late Palaeolithic are noted. Chert and other siliceous raw materials were predominantly used with the presence of the blade and flake reduction streams. The present study emphasises the variability in the nature of prehistoric cultural sequences across South Asia. This, in turn, points to the possibilities of examining questions related to transition and change through time and preferences for different regions, raw materials and lithic reduction strategies adopted by successive populations.



Join an event:

Coordinator: Dr S. Udayakumar
Heritage Science and Society Programme
School of Humanities
National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru

Funded by Sundram Finance 




Friday, October 23, 2020