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A Source-book of Indian Archaeology (Volume I)

F.R. Allchin (Editor) Dilip K. Chakrabarti (Editor)
Synopsis This is the first of a projected three volumes. It has been compiled with two aims: (1) to indicate the development of archaeological research in India and the emergence of a specifically "Indian" approach to archaeology and prehistory; (2) and to provide a source-book for students both in India and outside, which will give a selection and excerpts from the significant writings on Indian archaeology to date. As many of the articles are from widely scattered sources and consequently difficult to obtain, it is hoped that students will find the selection useful. The basic themes of this volume are: the background to Indian archaeology, including some of the earliest and most important writings, some examples of the early methods employed; and sections on the relevance of geography and climate for early man, and the cultures of early man himself; finally there is a section on the domestication of plants and animals. The selection is based on careful research and planning and without doubt this is the first work of its kind in Indian archaeology.
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About the authors

F.R. Allchin

Dr. F.R. Allchin holds an emeritus position in the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Cambridge University. Dr. Dilip K. Chakrabarti holds a lectureship in the Department of Archaeology of the same university. Both of them have extensively researached and published in the field of South Asian archaeology.

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

Dilip K. Chakrabarti is currently Professor of South Asian Archaeology at Cambridge University. He taught at the universities of Calcutta (1965-77). He taught at the universities of Calcutta (1965-77), Delhi (1977-90), Visvabharati (1980-1) and Jahangirnagar (1988-90), before moving to Cambridge in 1990. He participated in a number of Indian excavations and did some fieldwork in Iran before 1980, but the major focus of his fieldwork since 1980 has been a series of surveys: Kangra Valley (1980), Chotanagpur plateau (1981-7), Bangladesh (1988-90), the Ganga-Yamuna plain from the mouth of the bhagirathi to the hills of Uttaranchal (1991-2001 and 2002-5), the routes linking the Ganga plain with the Deccan (1999-2002) and the ancient routs of the Deccan and the south (2004-6). He is perhaps the only archaeologist to have surveyed the Chotanagpur plateau as a whole. His historical geographic survey of the Ganga plain is the first survey of its kind after the nineteenth century surveys by Alexander Cunningham and his associates. He has also opened up the study of the ancient routes as a branch of enquiry in Indian archaeology. He has published widely on each of these areas and on a host of key issues of south Asian archaeology. India: An Archaeological History (2001), The Archaeology and Ancient Indian Cities (1995), Ancient Bangladesh (1992), and The Early Use of Iron in India (1992) are some of his works published by OUP. His forthcoming publication is Archaeological Geography of the Ganga Plain: The Upper Ganga (Oudh, Rohilkhand and the Doab).

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Bibliographic information

Title A Source-book of Indian Archaeology (Volume I)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1979
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 812150232X
length 364p., Illustrations.