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Archaeological Adventure

A K Sharma (Author)

By nature archaeology is a very adventurous subject but it becomes more adventurous when we are to deal with abnormal circumstances. In this book we have dealt with circumstances where courage was required. In the past while laying out roads and bridges, standing temples and sculptures were mercilessly pulled down and utilized without bothering about the sentiment of the society. One unique example recently came to light in Bastar in Chhattisgarh where due to religious intolerance near Dantewada, the culprit pulled down one of the best Ganesh monolithic sculpture of the Chhindakanaga dynasty dating back to 1100 A.D. was restored in order to satisfy the sentiment of the locals, rebuilt the Ganesh statue within five days. We could see the joy in the eyes of locals. Second case is about the recovery of sculptures from Kathua Pulia near Rajanandgaon. Third case was of Harappan skeletan from Lothal and Kalibanga and Neolithic burial from Burjhom.

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About the author

A K Sharma

Shri A.K. Sharma is an archaeologist of repute. He is internationally known for his original contributions in the field of archaeology and anthropology. During thirty three years of his hectic career, in different capacities in the Archaeological Survey of India he explored and excavated a number of sites throughout the length and breadth of the country, particularly in remote and inaccessible areas of North-East India, Jammu Kashmir and Lakshadweep. To his credit goes the discovery and excavation of the biggest Stone Age site Anangpur, near Delhi, the biggest prehistoric cave of Kachagad in Maharashtra, the sprawling nucleus megalithic site in Chhattisgarh, unique Neolithic site of Gufkral in Kashmir Valley, early historic sites of Sekta in Manipur and Vadagokugiri in Garo Hills of Meghalaya. He is also known for the discovery of horse bones of domesticated horse in Harappan context which have been internationally acknowledged and has changed the whole theory about Aryans and Vaidic period. He worked at Kalibangan excavation from 1961 to 1969. He has to his credit more than 50 published research papers on anthropology, archaeozoology, prehistory and other aspects of archaeology. Presently he is working as Senior Fellow of Indian Council of Historical Research on his project “Megaliths of Chhattisgarh including Bastar:. He is also directing the excavations at Mansar near Nagpur.

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Bibliographic information

Title Archaeological Adventure
Author A K Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.09.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789387587854
length 70p.