9,000-year-old signs of farming found in India's Ganga plains
|View of the lush Indo-Gangetic plains |
[Credit: Rajesh Karkera]
A team of dedicated scientists led by Anjali Trivedi of BSIP and D P Tiwari, professor of Ancient Indian History and Archaeology department of LU found the 9,000-year-old pollen which proved existence of agricultural practices in the region during the Mesolithic age.
The study revealed that the region from Rae Bareli to Unnao had climate and vegetation suitable for farming at a time when humans in most of the world were surviving on hunting and trying to find new vegetable food sources.
"It could broadly be termed the Mesolithic (middle stone age) age and the area seemed to have human habitat with organised agricultural practices," said Anjali Trivedi.
The study not only throws light on the climate, culture and human habitat it will also help in studying future climatic conditions. Moreover, it will help study palaeo lakes which include shifting of river due to tectonic activities or other reasons, she added.
Trivedi said the institute had earlier conducted a study on vegetation and climate change in the central Ganga plain from Jalesar Taal in Unnao. "This study will help in making a comparative study of the two districts," she said . The tree pollen invaded the grasslands with the increase in aquatic pollen portraying the strengthened monsoon which will help in studying future climatic condition and global warming, she said.
Source: The Times of India [March 04, 2016]