A team of researchers and students of the Gauhati University (GU) Anthropology Department, led by Prof Abdullah Ali Ashraf, recently found proof of early civilization and culture formation in Assam which can be dated back to about 3,000 years, that is the Stone Age.
Prof Ashraf said the pottery which were found together with stone implements at Bambooti, near Dudhnoi River, establish a localized origin and development of culture in Assam during the Neolithic Age, around 3,000 years back. He further stated that these findings refute the common belief that Northeast India lacks any traces of early culture formation.
Prof Ashraf shared the GU Anthropology Department, during its annual field training to students, discovered the earliest charu (salver) and other earthen pots meant for cooking rice and making pitha (rice-cake).
During the exploration, the team discovered the Bambooti prehistoric site of Neolithic period. The site is located on the Assam-Meghalaya border, close to Dudhnoi River, near Damra in Goalpara district. It is located on the slope of Bambooti hill.
The geomorphology of the site clearly indicates that Bambooti is a Neolithic habitation site, either depending on intensive food collection (harvesting wild cereals) or entering into food-producing stage, revealed the researchers.
The explorers claimed that this is the earliest evidence of existence of rice-cake not only in Assam but in the whole of Southeast Asia and South Asia.