Indian Stone Age Sequence Question 12: Proposed changes in Indian Stone Age Sequence
As discussed in the previous post, an earlier expectation that the stone age sequence in different parts of the world would be similar has been shown to be wrong. Europe, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Eurasia, SE Asia, all have quite different sequences. Even if one part of the sequence matches (such as LFA in India and Africa), it is one match only. Use of the same words for different things creates misunderstandings and hinders communication.
I have been struggling to come up with some terms for the Indian Stone Age sequence but I have come to the conclusion that English does not have enough terms to differentiate the sequences in different parts of the world. The words “Palaeolithic” with two sets of prefixes – Lower Middle and Upper and Early and Late are in use in Europe and China respectively. In Africa Palaeolithic has been substituted with “Stone Age” to form a different terminology. Any combination of these terms invites confusion with the entities they already are assigned to.
I suggest we introduce some new words into “English”. The term “Ashmayug” is already in common use in Indian languages for “Stone Age” I suggest that this term could be used—Early Ashmayug for the Earlier Palaeolithic and Late Ashmayug for the Later Palaeolithic.
An alternative?—Early Indian Palaeolithic and Late Indian Palaeolithic?