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West Garo Hills
The Triangle in Transition
By G.Sumer, megartsculture
Ganol-Selbalgre-Rongram River Valley
The Triangle in Transition refers to the area in between the Ganol-Selbalgre-Rongram River Valley in the West Garo Hills of the Sate of Meghalaya. The place is situated at about Long. 90°15' E and Lat. 25°35' N. The area is of triangular in shape with the base towards the east and the apex towards the west. The site or the area covering the area of about 16 square km. The site is bounds in the south by the Famous Ganol River and by the Selbalgre-Rongram River in the north. Both the rivers met at the confluent known as Chibragre in the west.
The site is perhaps one of the biggest stone age people habitats/pre-historic site. The stone implements generally are being classified into two classifications i.e. the Paleolithic and Neolithic or the Old Stone Age and the New Stone Age. The stone implements of the area in between of the Ganol and Selbalgre-Rongram River Valley belongs to the latter classification or the Neolithic stone implements. This site of about 16 sq.km. in its span comprising the areas of the villages of Selbalgre, Misimagre, Bibragre, Resangre, Rongram, Ganolgre, Chibragre and pushing further towards the north west up to Tebronggre.
The Exploration carried out during the month of March with effect from 12-31st Dec., 2001, along with the Anthropology Department of Guwahati University and the Department of Arts and culture, Government of Meghalaya under the advice of the ASI Guwahati Circle was of a fruitful success. During the above minute and detailed exploration covering the hills ranges, the stream and river valleys about 6(six) important Neolithic site had been located and 293 stone artifacts of various sizes consisting of axes, scrapers, points, blades, borers handpick, chopper etc. were collected for the purpose of preserving and exhibiting them in the museums of the state, etc.
However this place which had been once upon a time the habitats of the fruit gatherer, root eater and primitive hunters today has transformed in all spheres of human activities ranging from black smithy, agricultural, farming, poultry, piggery, tea factory, educational institutions and other modern societal activities. This area within few years may become a satellite township of Tura.