The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - H.H. Godwin-Austen, Journal of a Tour in Assam, 26th November 1872 to 15th April 1873

caption: river trip along the Brahmaputra
caption: geological observations; sketching
medium: tours
date: 2.12.1873
person: Godwin-Austen/ H.H.
date: 26.11.1872-4.4.1873
person: Royal Geographical Society, London
text: 2nd Decr.
text: Brookes & Hesketh seedy. Fog as bad as the previous day & did not get away until 11 o/c. Usual scenery in the aftern., the high flat ranges of the Khasi Hills distinct & Kollong rock shewing up very plain & I cd trace some of the longer valleys along the range & other hill tops. Wrote letters and made a drawing of one of the coolies. Interesting sections shewing the regularity of deposition of alluvium on horizontal & sloping surfaces or in other words conforming to the original form of surface as seen as we go up. The clay & sand settles on the sandbanks after certain intervals & these sandbanks being always higher in some parts than in others. The beds of clay are found dipping over at considerable angle into depressions in the sandbanks the lines of older drainage. Thekyah partridge were numerous on the chur & were calling up to 10 last night.