Anil Kumar Devara

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Maharaja Sayajirao U. of Baroda

Grant number

Gr. 9990

Approve Date

August 26, 2020

Project Title

Devara, Anil Kumar (Maharaja Sayajirao U. of Baroda) "Archaeological remains from Pre and Post Youngest Toba Tuff deposits, Manneru River basin, Andhra Pradesh"

The primary objective of the proposed project is to construct a cultural and chronological framework for the material remains for both underlying and overlying the Youngest Toba Tuff deposits in the Manneru river basin, Andhra Pradesh, India. Archaeological and Geological remains from above and below the Youngest Toba Tuff deposits in South Asia are considered as significant evidence to understand 1) Initial Modern Human Colonization of South Asia (Petraglia et al 2007, Haslam et al 2013), 2) Possible climatic impacts of the Toba super-eruption of 74 ka on South Asian climate and hominin behavior (Williams et al 2000, Jones et al 2009). In order to gain further insight into the environment and behavior of human populations in South Asia before and after the Toba eruption, we propose to conduct excavations of archaeological horizons with Toba ash beds in Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh, India. The region subjected to such investigations comprises of Manneru river basin Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh, India, where lithic artefacts were identified below and above the Youngest Toba Tuff deposits. The project focuses on unearthing the archaeological and sedimentological remains at the site Motravulapadu in the Manneru river basin, Andhra Pradesh, India.