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Buddhist Remains of Ujjain Region: Excavations at Sodanga

Rahman Ali (Author) Ashok Trivedi (Author) Dhirendra Solanki (Author)
Synopsis The excavations conducted at village Sodanga (Distt. Ujjain, M.P.) have yielded important findings which are critically analysed in the book. The First Chapter of the text is a brief back-drop of the historical background of the region beginning from the pre-Mauryan period onwards. It is followed by a brief note on the major aims and objectives. Chapter Second focuses light upon the strata and structures revealed by the excavations. Chapter Third is the comprehensive study of varied types of potteries among which the finding of N.B.P. (Northern Black Polished Ware) of different Shades Coarse Black Ware, Lustrous Red-slipped Ware, roman Sprinklers and the sherds engraved with the names of its owners etc. Chapter Fourth deals with the findings of the terracotta objects in detail. Chapter fifth is devoted to deal with the ornaments made of the metals and other objects discovered from the site. The evidence substantiate that the site was once a flourishing Buddhist Centre for the most important findings of the Buddhist Creed on a terracotta seal, broken component parts of the Asokan pillar, i.e., its lotus capital and the statue of the crowning animal elephant are noteworthy. Thus, this Buddhist site enlightened us that, once it might have played important role in the history and culture of Ujjain region and India as a whole.
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About the authors

Rahman Ali

Dr. Rahman Ali was born in 1943 in a village Chanakapur, Dist. Gorakhpur (U.P.). He obtained his post-graduate degree in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from Gorakhpur University in 1965. Later, he joined Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Poona (Now Deemed University) and obtained Ph.D. Degree under the guidance of world renowned Professor H.D. Sankalia, Padma Bhushan, from Poona University in 1972. Dr. Ali participated in the scheme of Village to Village Survey sponsored by ASI and UGC, New Delhi and received First Prize for rare discoveries in the field. While stay at Deccan College, Poona Dr. Ali underwent training in Archaeological Excavations and Explorations of Pre-Proto and Historic sites of India under the scholarly supervision of Prof. H.D. Sankalia and his team for a period of ten years. Dr. Ali has written half-a-dozen books on different aspects of art, architecture and archaeology; and written excavation reports of Sodanga and Mahidpur (M.P.). Besides these, many of his research articles on different aspects of art, archaeology and culture have been published in National and International Journals. Dr. Ali is actively engaged with research and other academic pursuits and many of his research scholars are pursuing their research work under his scholarly guidance. Apart from the academic zeal, Dr. Ali is associated with different academic bodies and associations throughout the country and at present he is a Senior Professor in School of Studies in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Vikram University, Ujjain (M.P.).

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Ashok Trivedi

Dr. Ashok Trivedi, Senior Reader in the department had been actively planning and directing the archaeological excavations and explorations work for the last 20 years. He has produced half-a-dozen Ph.D. students on various branches of archaeology. His rare research work on the Cultural History of Anupa Janapada is significant. He has published more than three dozens of research papers in various journals of National and International repute.

Dhirendra Solanki

Dr. Dhirendra Solanki, Excavation-in-charge in the department, has done P.G. Diploma in Museology from Barakatullah University, Bhopal and Ph.D. in Archaeology from Vikram University, Ujjain. For last 15 years he had been looking after the work of excavations / explorations conducted by the department. He has published more than two dozens of research papers and two books on different aspects of archaeology and history.

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Bibliographic information

Title Buddhist Remains of Ujjain Region: Excavations at Sodanga
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188934151
length 124p., Figures; Plates; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.