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Central Himalayas: An Archaeological, Lingusitic and Cultured Synthesis

 
D P Agrawal (Author) J S Kharakwal (Author)
Synopsis This book on the Central Himalayas surveys the cultural and archaeological evidence in an inter-disciplinary perspective. Though a variety of interdisciplinary data have been used, the approach is holistic. The book is focused on Kumaun and Garhwal, yet it is related to the sub-continental framework with a global backdrop. The main emphasis has been on prehistory. This is the first systematic and scientific documentation of rock art and cup marks found in the region. It also deals with the megalithic problem and discusses the different types of megaliths found in the region. Through critical sifting of the data, the oldest megaliths/burials have been identified and some of them have been 14C dated. The ancient metal technological evidence has been thoroughly investigated and its role in supplying copper and iron to the Gangetic plains has been discussed. The archaeological and cultural data are interpreted in an ethnographic framework. Recent linguistic research has also been used to understand the Central Himalayan prehistory. Though the emphasis of the book is on prehistory, a chapter is devoted to historical archaeology, architecture and sculpture and iconography. Some important cultural symbols like Nanda have been discussed in their multiple forms and how much they mean to the local people. The cultural history of this region is brought right upto the modern times. The necessity and viability of the proposed state of Uttaranchal has also been discussed. The cultural scene is presented as a continuous process from the hoary past to a lofty future.
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About the author

D P Agrawal

As Prof. D.P. Agrawal has worked with the Archaeological Survey of India, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Bombay and the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, his academic contributions are marked by an interdisciplinary yet holistic approach.  He has made significant contributions to the fields of palaeoenvironment, prehistoric archaeology, radiocarbon and TL dating, archaeometallurgy and traditional knowledge systems.  For two years he participated in the excavations of the famous Harappan site of Kalibangan in Rajasthan.  He has extensively worked on the copper technology of the Harappans and has been associated with the palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental studies - both in Kashmir and Rajasthan.  His delineation of Rajasthan's palaeoenvironmental changes is very relevant to the Harappan studies.  He has published 20 books and 250 papers.  He has been a member of the Advisory Board of World Archaeology and Le 'anthropologie and edited Man and Environment for a number of years.  He was Chairman of a large multidisciplinary group at PRL and is a Fellow of the National Science Academy.  He is a member of the National Commission on History of Science of the Indian National Science Academy.  He is now the chief editor of a multi-volume international project on the history of science and technology and honorary ndirector of Lok Vigyan Kendra, Almora.  He also runs a philanthropic trust at Almora.

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Title Central Himalayas: An Archaeological, Lingusitic and Cultured Synthesis
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173051321
length Pp xx+194