An ancient camping site has been discovered by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir.
The site that dates back to the 9th millennium BC was unearthed near the Karakoram Pass in the region.
According to RTN.Asia, S.B. Ota, Joint Director General in ASI stumbled upon a portion of an under construction road with sequential layers comprising burning residue.
After radiocarbon dating of a charcoal sample from the site at Beta Lab, Florida, the site was dated back to 8500 BC.
ASI, appalled by the groundbreaking discovery, sent a team to inspect the site in July.
New charcoal samples were collected from upper and lower deposits along with some bony remains and sent for radioactive dating. The upper deposits were dated back to 7300 BC while the lower deposits were from 8500 BC, consistent with the first results.
The time-gap between the dates also indicates regular human activity at the site for over 800 years.
The bones obtained from the site were analysed by Prof P.P. Joglekar of Deccan Collage, Pune and were found to have remains of Gorel and Yak
“The research so far carried out has proved the antiquity and nature of human activities to an extent, but their camping patterns, extent of camping area, tools and other cultural aspects are yet to be traced,” said ASI.