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The oldest and longest enduring microlithic sequence in India: 35 000 years of modern human occupation and change at the Jwalapuram Locality 9 rockshelter

  • Chris Clarkson (a1), Michael Petraglia (a2), Ravi Korisettar (a3), Michael Haslam (a2), Nicole Boivin (a4), Alison Crowther (a5), Peter Ditchfıeld (a4), Dorian Fuller (a6), Preston Miracle (a7), Clair Harris (a1), Kate Connell (a1), Hannah James (a2) and Jinu Koshy (a3)...

The Jwalapuram Locality 9 rockshelter in southern India dates back to 35 000 years ago and it is emerging as one of the key sites for documenting human activity and behaviour in South Asia. The excavated assemblage includes a proliferation of lithic artefacts, beads, worked bone and fragments of a human cranium. The industry is microlithic in character, establishing Jwalapuram 9 as one of the oldest and most important sites of its kind in South Asia.

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