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15,000 Years Old Stone Tools In Mumbai Could Explain the City’s Existence

[REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE] An archaeologist shows a biface dated around 400,000 years old, found at the 'Gran Dolina' dig, in the archaeological site of the Atapuerca mountain range, province of Burgos on July 10, 2017.CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images

Archeologists in Mumbai have discovered stone apparatuses going back to the Middle Stone Age. The stone apparatuses found on a slope adjacent Manori shoreline show that they could go back to 10,000 to 15,000 years.

Specialists trust that the slope where the microliths, or rock stone apparatuses were found could have been a factory site. They likewise believe that this finding will enable them to follow the origin of the islands in the Mesolithic time.

“Tool-making debris is found along with blade tools there, which is why it is believed to be a factory site. Through comparative dating of data, it can be said that these tools could date back to approximately 15,000 years,” HT quoted Kurush Dalal, assistant professor (archaeology) and coordinator, Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (CEMS), University of Mumbai, as saying.

As indicated by Abhijeet Dandekar, colleague educator at the Pune-based Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, the instruments found may give some data about the eating regimen of the people of the age.

“We haven’t found skeletal remains, but only stone tools. What we can gauge from the findings is that this is the period before agriculture started, and fish was a major part of their diet,” Dandekar explained, adding, “This was the era before man invented clothing, and it is believed that the people lived in the open or under natural rock outcrops.”

Calling it an astounding discovering, Professor Mayank Vahia told the distribution that stone tools from the Mesolithic period in Mumbai would decide the city’s presence.

“Mumbai’s history can be traced back to thousands of years … we know Kalyan and Nalasopara were major trade centers of West Asia before the Harappan civilization. But it’s difficult to determine whether the seven islands that became Mumbai city were populated in those days,” he said.