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Mandhal Excavations (1975-77)

H.N. Singh (Author) Dr. Preety Trivedi (Author)

Excavations are an important part of the study of Heritage leading to the important outcomes of awareness, research and conservation. The excavations at Mandhal undertaken during 1975-77, in this regard, may be considered as the most unique and rewarding archaeological event in the history of Vidarbh. Mandhal, situated near the tributary Aam, which drains into Wainganga in Ambhora, is at a distance of 16.3 kms from the Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary in Eastern Vidarbha. Nestling in idyllic surroundings with the gift of every aspect of nature’s bounty and suitable for the propagation of human culture, its history may be traced back to the second millennium BC, if not earlier. This account of Mandhal Excavations spans over a period from about 300 BCE till the Yādava and Bhosla periods. Undertaken under the Direction of Late Professor Ajay Mitra Shastri, the team of this excavation comprised of a group of luminaries, known for their contribution to Indological studies. The remarkable results of their endeavours included in this book make it a worthy contribution in the sphere academics even after a gulf of more than forty years. Just as in every part of the Globe, the present scenario of rapid growth and human expansion in Mandhal has made its History and Heritage a mute and weak prey to the inevitable act of trampling over the past towards future. For this reason, bringing out this book may be taken as a small, yet significant effort by the editors to put on record the Archaeological potential of Mandhal and its environs.

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About the authors

H.N. Singh

H.N. Singh was born on 29.8.1936 at Mirzapur (U.P), where he received his early education upto the Intermediate level. In 1955, he moved for higher education to Allahabad (U.P.) where he obtained M.A. degree in Ancient History, Cultural and Archaeology in 1960, and Diploma-in-Archaeology with a first class in 1961 from Allahabad University. He received the degree of Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D.) in 1974 from Nagpur University. In 1961, Dr. Singh joined Archaeological Survey of India at Nagpur (Maharashtra), Eversince his initiation in Archaeology Dr. Singh is intimately associated with the exploration and excavation activities of the Survey with the Universities of Allahabad and Nagpur. His twenty years long career in field-archaeology is studded with extensive participations in several excavations in different parts of the country; Kausambi: 60-61, (Allahabad: U.P.), Vadamadurai: 66-61, (Chingleput:T.N.), Takalghat: 67-68, (Nagpur: M.S.), Battalavallam: 68-69, (Chingleput: T.N.), Surkotda: 71-72, (Kutch: Gujarat). Aside these, Dr. Singh had also participated in intensive prehistoric invest gations carried along the eastern coastal stretch between Madras and Nellore as a part of the project of the Survey to study the chronological and industrial horizons of the stone Age of the region. With this rich academic background Dr. Sing was appointed as a Lecturer in Archaeology in the Post-graduate Department of ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaerology of Nagpur University, Nagpur, where he gave tutions in field-archaeology during the academic year 75-76 and 76-77. Dr. Singh is further credited with quite a few good contributions to variuos research publications of the country.

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Dr. Preety Trivedi

Dr. Preety Trivedi is Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology in Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. She earned her Doctorate in “Classification of Architectural and Sculptural Styles of Northern India (300 to 1200 CE)” under the supervision of renowned Indologist Dr. Ajay Mitra Shastri and has numerous papers in various journals, books and proceedings to her credit. Dr. Trivedi also had the privilege of being advised in the field of Archaeology and Art History by eminent scholars like Dr. R.K. Sharma, Dr. M.A. Dhaky, Dr. Krishna Deva, Dr. Pramod Chandra and others.

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Bibliographic information

Title Mandhal Excavations (1975-77)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.02.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Dattsons
Language: English
isbn 9788171921638
length 252p., Including 20 Colored Plates.