The People, the Megaliths, and the Changing Times in Cherrapunjee

Author(s): Sukanya Sharma

Year: 2016


The megaliths of Cherrapunjee, are part of a prehistoric cultural tradition which is intricately woven with the socio-cultural life of the Khasis and Jaintias. But material changes in the nature of society and the economy in the latter half of the twentieth century have resulted in new identity formations in Cherrapunjee and this has undermined some of the presumed certainties of cultural identity. This study documented local community attitudes regarding the megaliths and how the community accessed, interacted and used the sites today. A framework for managing archaeological heritage by integrating global and local conservation approaches in Cherrapunjee was developed.

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The People, the Megaliths, and the Changing Times in Cherrapunjee. Sukanya Sharma. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403584)


Geographic Keywords
South Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 59.678; min lat: 4.916 ; max long: 92.197; max lat: 37.3 ;