V-Shaped Columns at Kachari Monolithic Rajbari Site in Dimapur, Nagaland Their Architectural and Social Reflections

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Hemendra Nath Dutta


Monolithism has been, since prehistoric days, a very common cultural practice in the northeastern region of India. Lingering Neolithic tradition, sustained amidst the varied topography formed of hills and plains, seem to have maintained the remaining monolithic traditions there.
Remarkably, the existence of the specially designed, carved, ornamented or dressed monoliths is therefore a specialty in the field of monolithic interment in this region. Such dressed varieties of monoliths stood for different meanings and purposes. At the Dimapur monolithic site, three groups of monolithic structures have been found, with evidence of Chessman, Large Isolated Chessman, and Vshaped Monolithic Columns. In this paper, the V-shaped Monolithic Columns found particularly in Nagaland have been taken up for study to trace their significance, structurally and culturally, as historical material.

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Dutta 2019: H. N. Dutta, V-Shaped Columns at Kachari Monolithic Rajbari Site in Dimapur, Nagaland: Their Architectural and Social Reflections. JNA, 2019, 145–150. DOI: https://doi.org/10.12766/jna.2019S.10.