Visit to Chirki on Pravara Acheulian Site
With Gudrun Corvinus – excavator of the site
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Site Information (after Sharon 2007):
Location – The Chirki area is located in Maharashtra State, some 10 km southwest of the confluence of the Pravara and Godavari Rivers (Corvinus 1983b). The site is located 3 km east of the village of Navasa, on the right bank of the Pravara River at its confluence with the small Chirki Nullah (a small, usually dry stream). Coordinates: 19o33″10’N and 74o56″45’E. Elevation above Sea Level – 510 m.
History of Research – The site was discovered in 1963 during the pioneering geo-archaeological survey of the Pravara River. Three seasons of excavation, directed by G. Corvinus, took place between 1967 and 1969.
Geology – The Chirki area is a part of the large Deccan Trap volcanic region, situated on the Deccan Plateau. The Deccan Trap basalt is about 60 million years old. The Acheulian site of Chirki is embedded in alluvial deposits, 8–10 m thick, on the right bank of the Pravara River. The accumulation of Pleistocene sediments in this area occurred after a phase of massive erosion that removed almost all of the ancient sediments in this region.