Accepted paper:

A morphological study on prehistoric culture of North East India with South East Asia


Kunjeswori Devi (Manipur University)

Paper short abstract:

On the given topic we shall discuss the new trends in research of Prehistory in Northeast India. The thrust area will be concentrated on terracotta assemblages along with associated finds in order to evaluate the cultural affinities with that a Southeast Asia regions.

Paper long abstract:

Northeast India comprising of eight state Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikim is considered as a melting point of various ethnic cultures due to its location at the trijunction of south Asia, East Asia and South East Asia. North East region of India is a land of heterogeneous cultures. Since prehistoric period people of different race had entered into this region and settled here. They have brought with them archaeological assemblages, Haobinhian, Neolithic and Megalithic, erecting of big stones, jars in relation with burial of dead body. We may refer here to some general indications regarding the ancient movements of the people which suggested from the study of their philological and ethnographical datas. The study will implement the archaeological and anthropological datas relating with either to artifacts or language or fundamental elements of the culture system. It is also highly recommended to introduce the latest scientific methods and collaborate scholars of both the sides. The study will give main thrust area on the burial custom which had existed since prehistoric till the historical period. There are some artifacts which are not manufactured in this area but one of the essential assemblages associated with the burial. This forum will be one of the appropriate to discuss on these cultural datas in order to bridge Northeast India with South East Asian countries.

panel P10
On the prehistoric cultural relations of Southeast Asia with Northeast India