Robert Bruce Foote (1834-1912) discovered the first prehistoric stone artefact in India, at Pallaveram, Chennai in 1863. Later that year, he and his colleague William King discovered the site of Attirampakkam, Tamil Nadu. Our research in our Centre now proves that Attirampakkam, is one of the earliest prehistoric sites in South Asia, being dated to around 1.5 million years of age. Foote His prolific publications comprising reports, memoirs, short notes, and catalogues of antiquities, his lectures and his dialogues with interested individuals, geologists and other scholars; place him amongst the foremost intellectuals of the late 19th century. A man of multiple interests and talents, Foote combined in himself the precision of a scientist, with intuitive insights of a man who
was deeply involved in the past and present of the land in which he lived. From observations on geology and archaeology, to those on anthropology and palaeontology, Foote was equally proficient in whatever he chose to investigate. He laid the foundations for Indian prehistory, discovering numerous sites and paving the way for observations on a range of issues concerning behaviour, past environments, technology and other issues of site formation, and the social and cultural lives of past populations.
This portal is dedicated to providing both academicians and other interested in Indian prehistory with information on important sites, regions, cultures, assemblages, palaeoenvironments, as also scientists involved in these studies and a bibliography.
Work is ongoing and information will be updated soon! Watch this Space