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Khasis lived in Meghalaya since 1200 BCE, says study [Art & Culture]

  • Pre-historic megaliths and tools discovered in Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district indicate that the Khasi tribe had made State their home since around 1200 BCE.
  • A megalith is a large stone that forms part of a prehistoric monument.
  • The archaeological site has been excavated near Lummawbuh village in the northern slopes of Sohpetbneng (Heaven’s Naval) peak near the NH-40.
  • They found megalithic structures, and iron implements that date back to the prehistoric period in the ridge spreading over 1.5 k.m.
  • The excavation at Lummawbuh is the first one of a Neolithic site in Meghalaya.
  • The megalithic structures are used in the traditional mortuary practices that were followed by the tribes till a few decades ago.
  • These Neolithic structures were first discovered in 2004.
  • The British Archaeological Reports had in 2009 published Mr. Mitri’s work — ‘Outline of Neolithic Culture of Khasi and Jaintia Hills’.