Pre-historic camping site found in Ladakh

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has found an ancient camping site used by pre-historic man, at an altitude of about 4,200 metres near Saser La in Nubra Valley, Ladakh.

The camping site is a place where hunter-gatherers in the ancient times stayed temporarily before they moved on to another place.

Key Facts
  • This camping site is located in Saser La which leads to the Karakoram Pass. It was used for a seasonal settlement not a permanent settlement.
  • Charcoal pieces from the earth activity and remains of bones associated were discovered at the site.
  • The carbon dating of these charcoal pieces reveals that, the site dates back to circa 8500 BCE.
Comment

Saser La site is the earliest camping site discovered in Ladakh on the basis of a scientific date. Prior it, Ladakh region was not having any archaeological importance. Thus, it is considered as remarkable discovery. Earlier, only 6th century CE to 7th century CE remains were reported in Ladakh.

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