Scientists to study human skeletal remains in caves in Mizoram

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

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AIZAWL, May 10: Experts and scientists of Anthropological Survey of India (ASI) in collaboration with Mizoram chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) will study and analyze human skulls and other human skeletal remains in various caves in Mizoram.
This was agreed at the joint meeting of officials of Anthropological Survey of India and INTACH Mizoram chapter here in Aizawl last week, INTACH Mizoram chapter, according to P Rohmingthanga who is the convenor of INTACH Mizoram chapter.

He also said that a team of Anthropological Survey of India from Shillong visited Mizoram last week for discussion and preliminary study on the request of INTACH Mizoram chapter.
The team comprising of regional officer Dr. RR Gowloog, assistant anthropologist, Dr. GK Bera and statistician, Elizabeth Lalawmkimi agreed to put up the matter to their head office in Kolkata and accordingly scientists and anthropologists will be sent to Mizoram to study and analyse human skulls and bones which are being preserved in various caves in the State, P Rohmingthanga further said.He further stated that scientists will take samples and fragments of skulls and skeletons for carbon dating and laboratory examinations to find out their period and to which race or community they belonged. He added that many of the human skeletons are taller in size than the general ‘Mizo stature’. “They might have been belonged to some other races “, he further added.
According to Rohmingthanga, there are many caves in Mizoram which are located in deep jungles and remote areas. He added that human skeletons are found mainly in six to seven caves.
Rohmingthanga then expressed hope that the study of human skeletons, which dated back to many centuries, will help historians in constructing the Mizo history.


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