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The humans evolved over a period of these 42lakhs years and the present form reached about 50,000 years ago. The fossils of various periods and stages of human development have been found from many parts of the world like Africa, China, Java, Sumatra and southern Europe. Unfortunately, due to the climatic conditions, except the solitary fmd of a hominid fossil from Hathnaura Palaeolithic Cultures in the Narmada Valley, no early human The Palaeolithic Age in India is divided fossils have been found in India.
Places of worship and pilgrimage are distributed throughout the country. These cultural bonds gave the Indians a sense of unity and nationality. At the same time there are distinct regional variations. There are several regions which have a distinct sense of regional spirit and cultural traits. Larger kingdoms and empires rose from these units and weakened, in due course, giving way to another unit to come up. Some historians have defined it as forces of centralisation and decentralisation acting and reacting with each other.
Exercises • 1. Explain the following: Epigraphy, Numismatics, Inscriptions, Archaeology, Script, Palaeography, Excavations, Explorations. 2. Write short notes on: (i) Six Vedangas (ii) Archaeological sources of Indian history (iii) Buddhist literature 3. Describe the literary sources for the study of the past? 4. What is an Inscription? How are they important for the study of the political, social and economic history of India. 5. Discuss the importance of coins for the study of the past. 24 • Visit a museum to see the various sources of history and try to identify them.
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