Pre Historic Age in India (200000 B.C to about 3500 - 2500 B.C.)


Prehistoric Age can be referred back to the time period prior to the existence of the written history. There is no literature describing this pre historic age of India but historians not confining themselves to written history have come up with description of the pre historic age on the basis of natural and social evidences of this epoch.

The Indian prehistoric era can roughly be quoted from 200000 B.C to about 3500 - 2500 B.C. It is believed that the land of India saw the first human being between 200000 B.C and 40000 B.C. and very soon the land was crowded by the spread of the migrated humans from different places.

These primal people used to migrate in groups along with the family members and observed division of labor. Males used to perform different tasks in order to earn food for livelihood like fishing, hunting and collecting fruits, berries, among others, while females used to take care of their food, children and residential place.

The Indian Prehistoric Age comes under the Stone Age when primeval people used stones or stone made implement for different tasks like killing animals, gathering fruits etc. This Stone Age in the prehistoric Indian history was followed by Bronze and Iron ages in ancient Indian history.

The prehistoric period of India can be divided the following periods:

  • Stone Age
  • Paleolithic Age
  • Mesolithic Age
  • Neolithic Age
  • Bronze Age
  • Iron Age

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