Tamil Nadu Minister says 'Prehistoric man from Africa first entered India through the south'
Tamil Nadu Minister for Tamil official language, Tamil culture and archaeology K Pandiarajan said that the first man came from Africa settled in Indus valley may have come deeper to the south and there was now some evidence to support this theory, he said.
The Minister said corroborating his statements with findings of pre-historic Attirampakkam site at Thiruvallur district, he said palaeolithic tools like the stone axe weapons that we found among the 3.75 lakh year to 1.75 years ago.
Pandiarajan said to media, “The Sharma Centre for Heritage Education headed by archaeologist Dr Shanthi Pappu said has been collaborating with us during its four-phase excavations, beginning in the year 2015,” he said.
Dr Shanthi Pappu said “At Attirampakkam, the earliest layers have evidence of a culture called the Acheulian (Lower Palaeolithic), marked by characteristic tools like handaxes and cleavers. These are similar to those in parts of Africa, West Asia and Europe,” he said. “Our excavations revealed tools showing a transition to a phase called the Middle Palaeolithic that dates from around 380,000 to around 172,000 years at Attirampakkam. We estimated this by luminescence dating,” she said.
The luminescence dating at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, measures the amount of light emitted from energy stored in certain rock types and soil to obtain an absolute date. Dr Shanthi’s findings have been published in the British multidisciplinary scientific Nature in 2018.
The Minister debate on demands for his grants for his department. “During the World Tamil Conference meet recently held in Chicago, the researchers said the palaeolithic tools and otter findings at the site (at Attiramapakkam) were not less than 3.75 lakh years old. The entire site has detailed urban planning that dates back to before the Indus Valley Civilisation,” Pandiarajan said the assembly.