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Our Deep Past: Personalities & Themes in Indian Heritage Studies Volume 1: Personalities

K. Paddayya (Author)

The essays included in these two volumes have a twofold aim: a) to bring centre stage the benefits accruing from historiographical research in heritage studies in India with special reference to deep or preliterate past; and b) to strengthen their conceptual and methodological foundations. The essays in Volume 1 are entirely devoted to the former task. These seek to assess and foreground the pioneering contributions made to ancient India studies by long or recently deceased Indian and European scholars. They include Captain Thomas John Newbold, Bruce Foote, Rajendralala Mitra and Ananda Coomaraswamy, and Sir R.G. Bhandarkar, Lokamanya Tilak, Irawati Karve, H.D. Sankalia and three others closely associated with the Deccan College in Pune. The essays in Volume 2 deal with certain specific themes, methods and aims and goals of heritage research.

These themes cover periodization and terminology, social and economic perspectives, the method of inquiry, archaeology as anthropological history, and relevance of deep past.

The larger intent of these volumes is to revitalize studies of ancient India and its heritage by indicating potential areas for further research and suggesting new avenues and approaches for this purpose.

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About the author

K. Paddayya

Dr. K. Paddayya, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology and former Director of Deccan College (Deemed University) in Pune, has a distinguished teaching career and is widely respected in India and outside for adopting innovative approaches in the investigation and interpretation of Palaeolithic and Neolithic sites of the Shorapur Doab in southern Deccan. He is also known for his writings dealing with history of archaeology and archaeological theory and method. His publications include, among others, New Archaeology and Aftermath: A View from Outside the Anglo-American World (1990) and Essays in History of Archaeology (2013). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) and was honoured with the title ‘Padma Shri’ by Government of India.

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Title Our Deep Past: Personalities & Themes in Indian Heritage Studies Volume 1: Personalities
Author K. Paddayya
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.08.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173056734
length xxxii+368p., Plates, 25cm.