The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton tour diary in the Naga Hills

caption: Megalithic remains at Bolasan
medium: tours
location: Bolasan
date: 17.10.1928
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 13.10.1928-27.10.1928
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 17 October
text: Halted Bolasan. There is an enormous group of unique monoliths here. Stones of all sizes chiselled into pear shape (roughly) and with a smallish hole at the bulbous end. We counted about 400 such stones altogether, of which more than a quarter were complete, though many of the rest were much damaged. This site ought unquestionably to be made an Ancient Monument and fenced in. A good deal of damage has already been done by the buffaloes of Nepali graziers.
text: Below the site was a pair of twin tanks - two tanks each 40 ft square with a 10 ft wide embankment in between, and a mound close by. The smallest complete stone was only 16" high x 14" in its greatest diameter with a total of 46 and a half inches circumference. It had a hole 3" in diameter and 8" deep and was carved with deer and geometric patterns and (perhaps) an elephant. One of the largest, with an almost flat top, was 74" from edge to edge, and another was 76". One of the big ones was 6 ft in height - it could be measured as it was lying flat, and had a hole 10" in diameter and 2 ft deep.
text: I got three celts, two of them genuinely shouldered, from the village, which were found close by.