Humans existed in Bengaluru 4 lakh years ago, claims Archaeologist

"The discovery confirms man's existence in this area during the Stone Age," claimed Dr K B Shivatarak, retired professor of ancient history and archaeology, Mangalore University

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Palaeolithic stone tools. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Shivatarak claims that the evidence was discovered in May 2016 near the Kadirenahalli underpass at Bendrenagar, Banashankari II Stage
  • The five stone implements collected by him from Banashankari includes scraper, miniature hand axe, leaf-like instrument, hand axe and hand stone
  • The remains are similar to that of stones founded near Abhimaan Studio near Kengeri

BENGALURU: An archaeologist claimed that Bengaluru city may have been home to humans since four lakh years and believes that he has unearthed the earliest pre-historic evidence in Bengaluru for the first time.

“The discovery confirms man’s existence in this area during the Stone Age,” claimed Dr K B Shivatarak, retired professor of ancient history and archaeology, Mangalore University.

Skeleton of Prehistoric Men. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
The skeleton of Prehistoric Men. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Shivatarak claims that the evidence was discovered in May 2016 near the Kadirenahalli underpass at Bendrenagar, Banashankari II Stage. BWSSB had decided to fix the leakage in the area by digging the road, mentioned the TOI report on July 7, 2016.

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Shivatarak was curious to look onto the stones, the workers have found out. When he washed the stones he found them closely related to the instruments he founded in Tumakuru, Mandya and Chitradurga districts where he researched earlier.

Palaeolithic stone instruments. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Palaeolithic stone instruments. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The five stone instruments collected by him from Banashankari includes scraper, miniature hand axe, a leaf-like instrument, hand axe and hand stone. The miniature hand axe was made of quartz and quartzite. All the instruments were around 7-11cm long and 4-7cm broad.

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According to Shivtarak, the instruments were used by the prehistoric man for the hunting purposes. The stones were widely used in hunting and peeling off the animal skin. Shivatarak had not yet informed the archaeological department about his findings.

Miniature hand axe. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Miniature hand axe. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Shivatarak claimed, this is the first time that Palaeolithic remains have been found in Bengaluru. The remains are similar to that of stones founded near Abhimaan Studio near Kengeri.

“I am studying these findings in detail,” said Shivatarak.

But, the other archaeologists are doubtful about the fact that whether the stone age was inhabited in the area where later Bengaluru came up. According to Prof. Ravi Kori Settar, retired professor of archaeology at Karnataka University, there is no scope for the Palaeolithic stone instruments in Bengaluru as no quartzite dig was found in the city, mentioned the TOI report.

Quartzite Cobbles. Image Source: www.pinterest.com
Quartzite Cobbles. Image Source: www.pinterest.com

Professor Settar also claimed that no Palaeolithic tools can be found in the granite area and hence must be Pseudolithic (look likes of Palaeolithic) or Erolits (mimic Palaeolithic caused due to some natural activity).

– prepared by Aparna Gupta, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter @writetoaparna99

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  • Akanksha Sharma

    Wow, great article. Great information.