We are publishing some word by Laura from Haryana about ancient civilization in Punjab. Laura is a university student in Haryana and she writes think of Punjab and images flare-up in mind. The land where the first civilized man trod to earth. “Historically is the most important province of India”. Originally known as Sapt Sindhu it was intersected by seven perennial rivers joined by innumerable tributaries, which spread juicy carpets of alluvial soil on its vast plains.
Destruction, profession, assimilation and then sphinx like rebirth with enriched Punjabi ethos, such were the strands which got dexterously woven in the wrap and woof of the fabric which eventually evolved into a cosmic culture and gave birth to ever new civilizations.
Early man seems to have been nomadic for no habitations of the Paleolithic period have been traced so far. He was new with agriculture and domestication of animals. He lived on fruits and roots as well as flesh of animals. He lived under shady trees and in thick bushes, terraces of rivers and caves of the mountains. Punjab was the cradle of Proto-historic culture as well. The man had progressed. They were no more hunting and fishing communities. They knew agriculture and they had fairly developed ceramic industries. Besides stone, they used copper and bronze to manufacture tools.
Thanks to its rigorous past the best of the Punjab’s historical treasure seems to lie underground. The oldest evidence of life in Punjab was found in the digs made in Soan river valley located in west Punjab. Surface finds from Soan valley (Rawalpindi district) between the Indus and the JheIum and stone tools made of quartzite, pebbles, flint and flakes of the same time that were found in the Soan valley testify to the existence of man who fashioned stone implements.
According to the experts this valley pertains to the end of the first ice age and the beginning of second ice age indicative of the fact that it is almost five to six lakh years old. Similar evidence has also been found in the Shiwalik regions of Una and Hamirpur Districts of Himachal Pradesh. Some implements of early Soan culture have also been found in the vicinity of Pinjore and Chandigarh. These tools are a good indication of the human existence on the one hand and the area of their influence on the other. In fact it appears that age-old culture, which emerged in this land, was fairly wide spread in northern India.