Overview for Atlas of Ancient Indian History
This book presents the most detailed mapping yet attempted of India during ancient times, from the arrival of man to c. AD 750. The text aims at providing substantiation, through adequate referencing, of what has been depicted on the maps. It also seeks to clarify many problems of archaeology and chronology that beset mapping of ancient India.
The character of the information varies, to a considerable extent, according to the nature of the sources available. While in the first four maps the atlas mainly delineates the areas of archaeological cultures, in subsequent maps it becomes possible to show approximate boundaries of dynastic states. Economic information is furnished for all periods; and linguistic changes are also traced to the degree possible.
Over 1075 sites and places are plotted on the maps, and precise coordinates for them are furnished in an index. There is a full bibliography, listing all sources used. The atlas is thus designed to serve both as a work of reference for the researcher and as an aid to the general reader in understanding the ever-changing human geography of our ancient land.
Irfan Habib (Author)
Irfan Habib, formerly Professor of History at Aligarh Muslim University, is a well-known historian and author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707 (1963; second rev. edn. 1999), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), and Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995). He is also the author of Prehistory (2001), the first in a series of monographs on a Peopleâ€™s History of India, to be published successively under the auspices of the Aligarh Historians Society.
Faiz Habib (Author)
(B. 1962), Cartographer at the Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University, has specialized in the preparation of historical maps, since 1982. These have appeared in Cambridge Economic History of India, Vol. II, UNESCO's History of Humanity, Vol. V, the People's History of India series of Aligarh Historians Society/Tulika, and numerous other publications, including those of the Oxford University Press, National Book Trust and Indian Council of Historical Research. He has co-authored with Irfan Habib papers (with maps) on medieval Indian geography as also those on ancient India that have formed the basis of this atlas.