BOOK REVIEWS Acheulean Culture in Peninsular India: An Ecological Perspective. Raghunath S. Pappu. New Delhi: D. K. Printworld, 2001. 455 rupees. ISBN 81-246-0168-2. Reviewed by Michael D. Petraglia, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge In the Foreword of this book, India's venerable prehistoric archaeologist, V. N. Misra, states ( p. v) that, ``Palaeolithic studies in India have made . . . tremendous progress during the last four decades,'' although he opines that an understanding of human evolution and behavior from the record is still ``fragmentary'' and ``incomplete.'' In an attempt to indicate what has been learned about the Acheulean, Raghunath Pappu has summarized the available evidence from a multitude of surveys and excavations. In doing so, Pappu has produced a sorely needed compendium centering on the Indian Acheulean. The book rightfully boasts that India is one of the richest areas of Acheulean occupation in the Old World, with solid evidence of Acheulean occurrences in diverse environmental settings. And on this score, the chapters nicely synthesize a diverse array of information about Quaternary environments and archaeological studies. No other current work is dedicated exclusively to the Indian Acheulean, thus this is a valuable and welcomed work.
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