asian perspectives 43(2) fall 2004 A Re-Examination of the Palaeolithic Archaeological Record of Northern Tamil Nadu, South India. Shanti Pappu. Oxford: BAR International Series 1003. £48 ($72 US). ISBN 1-84171-198-5. Reviewed by Michael D. Petraglia, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge Systematic, well-designed archaeological surveys have been noticeably rare in Indian Paleolithic studies. The relative poverty of methodical surveys to the present day is the case despite extremely productive results from a handful of earlier investigations. Certain earlier surveys over broad areas have identified large numbers of Paleolithic sites in Quaternary settings, amply demonstrated by comprehensive investigations in the Thar Desert, the Raisen District, the Ghataprabha Basin, and the Hunsgi-Baichbal valleys. Formal surveys and countless informal collections have identified numerous Lower, Middle, and Upper Paleolithic sites in many parts of the Indian subcontinent. As these surveys have thoroughly illustrated, the richness of the archaeological record of India is unparalleled in comparison to many outlying regions, and its potential wealth for understanding the evolution of human behavior is immense. Unfortunately, many field investigations have been plagued by an inexplicit behavioral orientation, concurrently sensitive to the geoarchaeological and formational history of deposits. This has led to major
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