Microlith fragments from riverine deposits of mahArAShTra
The above are from the deposits of a tributary of the mUlaka-gomUtraka (modern Mula-Mutha) that we picked up near Bhuleshvara:
Row 1- recent and sub-fossil shells, and pebbles from the deposit bearing the microliths
Row 2- flint cores.
Row 3- fragments of agate microliths.
Row 4- flakes produced during microlith manufacture.
These blades appear to have been used with wooden hafts and stylistically belong to the middle of the temporal range of microlith manufacture which appears in India even before 30k years and continues as a background within chalcolithic sites of the Daimabad/Jorwe cultures. From a brief prospecting I hold these deposits contain a lower bound of 20 blades per cubic meter of deposit – these fellows were enormously productive.