FOOTE, Robert Bruce

FOOTE, Robert Bruce. 22.9.1834 — Calcutta 29.12.1912. British Geologist in South India, a Pioneer of Indian Prehistoric Archaeology. Joined the Geological Survey of India at the age of 24, remianed there 33 years. In 1863 found the first palaeolithic handaxe in India, near Madras.

Publications: in 1874 wrote on geology of Dharwar; “Sketch of the work of the Geological Survey in Southern India”, MJLS 1881, 279-328.

Indian Prehistoric and Protohistoric Antiquities. Notes on Their Ages and Distributions. Madras 1916.

Sources: *D. K. Chakrabarti, “R.B.F. and Indian Prehistory”, EW 29, 1979, 11-26; *Enc. Brit. 2004; not in Br. Biogr. Arch. 2nd Series; Wikipedia.

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