Potential geoarchaeological sites for luminescence dating in the Ganga Bhagirathi-Hugli delta, west Bengal, India
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Department of Archaeology, Deccan College, Pune, 411 006, India
Centre for Archaeological Studies & Training Eastern India, Kolkata, 700 016, India
Dept. of AIHC and A, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, 731 235, India
Online publication date: 2011-06-19
Publication date: 2011-09-01
Geochronometria 2011;38(3):282-291
Archaeological studies in the upper and lower part of the Ganga-Bhaghrathi-Hugli delta were taken up to understand the nature of site formation and human adaptation in a dynamic fluvial zone. This aspect has been neglected in Indian archaeology. However archaeological dating using typological information, has an error margin of a couple of centuries and hence, is of limited use. We suggest that high resolution chronology using Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) and radiocarbon dating can be quite effective in the study of archaeology and human environment relationship in the Ganga-Brahmaputra Delta (GBD).
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