On this theme, we shall discuss the nature of prehistoric research in Northeast India then we shall explore different aspects of prehistoric cultures of this region to evaluate the cultural relations with that of the Southeast Asian Parts.
Northeast India lies in the tri-junction between East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. It occupies a considerable tract of land in the Asian landmass. Geographically it provides a land bridge and cultural corridor between these three sections of Asia. Throughout the ages since prehistoric times, this region has received waves of human migrations mainly from the east as well as cultural impulses from the east and west. The present day ethnic mosaic of Northeast India consisting of the Assamese, Bengalis, Bodos, Galongs, Garos, Jayantias, Kachharis, Karbis, Khasis, Kukis, Meeties/ Meiteis (Manipuris), Mikirs, Miniyongs, Mishings, Mizos, Muslims, Nagas, Padams, Ravas, Tripuris, Zomis etc., presents a very attractive and ethnographically significant situation for the anthropologists, archaeologists and historians. In recent years rapid strides have been made in Southeast and South Asian archaeological studies. Therefore, it is deemed appropriate time and forum to discuss Southeast Asian and Northeast Indian anthropological, archaeological and pre-historical scenarios with a wider perspective of overall developments in other parts of the world. It will be increasingly necessary in injecting new scientific methodological and technological inputs. The aim of this panel is to draw the attention of the European Archaeologist of various institutions or organisations who might show their interest to collaborate in future researches with the scholars of India in general and Northeast India in particular.