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Floods in Telangana Reveal Paleolithic Tools

  • 10 Jan 2024
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The recent floods in the Mulugu district of Telangana has led to a fresh discovery of paleolithic quartzite tools. The tools or hand axes were found in the sand bed of a stream that dried up after the flood.

  • The hand axes were found in the stream between Gurrevula and Bhupatipuram villages in Mulugu district.
    • According to paleontologists, the stone axe belongs to the Lower Paleolithic period and is about 30 lakh years old.
  • The Paleolithic Age dates back to approximately 33 lakh years BC, spanning 10,000 years. Paleolithic hunter gatherers used heavy quartzite and large tools for woodcutting and hunting animals for sustenance.
  • Also, in 1863, East India Company’s Geological Survey team discovered a paleolithic site at Attirampakkam near Madras (present-day Chennai).
    • Since then, Paleolithic culture has been labeled as Madras Hand-Axe Industry or Madrasian Culture.

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