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Central Indian Neolithic

Tradition Description

Central Indian Neolithic Tradition is found in central India from 5000 to 3100 BP. Earliest evidence for agriculture and village settlements comes from the site of Balathal in Rajasthan around 5000 BP. The tradition is distinguished by painted, wheel-made ceramics, a specialized blade/flake industry, restricted use of copper, and a farming, stock-raising, pastoralist, and limited hunting based subsistence. After 4400 BP with Harappan contact a chiefdom political organization developed and flourished centered on regional centers. Central Indian Chalcolithic can be divided into the following sub-traditions, or cultures: Ahar (5000-3500 BP), Kayatha (4200-3800 BP) and Malwa (3700-3300 BP).


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Asia --South Asia



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