Mesolithic tools discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

Pre-historic tools dating back to the Mesolithic era have been discovered at Leel village of AP.

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2011, 09:32 AM IST

Itanagar: Pre-historic tools dating back to the
Mesolithic era have been discovered at Leel village in Kurung
Kumey district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The objects were noticed recently by a teacher of a
middle school while trenches were being dug for construction
of a girls hostel building at the village situated on the
left of the Joram-Koloriang road at an altitude of 1050

Ajay Dug, a junior teacher of the school, brought his
discovery to the notice of the school authorities who in turn
informed the director of the state government`s research
department, Tage Tada.

Right now, the prehistoric tools are in safe custody of
the school authorities, officials sources said today.

The discovery of the tools has opened a new chapter in
the research of pre-historic, mostly of the Mesolithic period,
tools and archaeology in Arunachal Pradesh,`` Tada said.

Earlier Neolithic artifacts were discovered in the state,
but after the discovery of the Mesolithic tools at Leel the
department could extend its prehistoric research beyond
Neolithic period, Tada observed.

The discovery of Hoabinhian culture tools in the state
firmly indicates that prehistoric people inhabited this region
since the time of terminal Pliestocene and that Arunachal took
active part in the migratory route of man from North to South
and East to West,`` the director commented.

The Mesolithic stone artifact collected from the village
can be classified as Sumatralith (Axe), pebble pick, pestle,
constricted blade, sandstone, handled scraper, diorite and
round scraper.

Most of the tools are made from river pebble which were
available in nearby river streams and valleys. One of the
tools discovered is made of sandstone while the rest are made
of diorite variety of stones.

All the stone tools mentioned are agriculture implements.