Ethnography to Archaeology: Tracing the Past of the Tribes of Assam and Adjoining Areas

  • Bezbaruah Dwipen 


The paper argues that anthropological understanding of tribal communities in the north-eastern part of India would be insightful in the process of formulation of the ethnohistorical processes as these communities have been or still are in a pre-literate stage. Many of the age old practices considered as extinct facts of archaeology are still continuing in tribal societies as Living Archaeology. Understandably, the paper pleads for methodological innovation in an inter-disciplinary perspective in the discipline of archaeology. Since archaeology is basically concerned with reconstruction of the extinct societies based on material traces the simple facts of material culture of the tribal societies would be immensely helpful in understanding the past present continuum of these societies. In view of this the paper has made use of etnnoarchaeological approach to study the past of a few tribal communities of Assam and adjoining areas.


Ethnographic context Ethnoarchaeology Raw materials Stone circles Megalithic erection and culture Memorial stone Pottery tradition Jhum or shifting cultivation 


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  • Bezbaruah Dwipen 
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyGauhati UniversityGuwahatiIndia

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