Pre-history and Proto-history: Geographical factors ; hunting and gathering (paleolithic and mesolithic) ; Beginning of agriculture (neolithic and chalcolithic).

Pre& proto history, megalithic cultures

1) Describe the distinguishing features of important archaeological cultures-of the Indian subcontinent datable between c. 2000 B.C. and c. 500 B.C.

2) Ancient Indians had no taste for historiography; their scholars cared more for religious, spiritual and philosophical studies. Indian historiography is essentially an Islamic heritage ‚Comment upon this statement with special reference to the contemporary writers and their works which help us in the reconstruction of history of the early medieval period of Indian history.

3) Discuss the extent, settlement patterns and subsistence economy of the megalithic cultures.

4) In the absence of a written script chalcolithic pottery gives us fascinating insight into the culture and life styles of the people of those times. Comment critically.