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Archaeology of BET Dwarka Island

A.S. Gaur (Author) Sundaresh (Author) K.H. Vora (Author)
Synopsis The book incorporates archaeological findings, both from land and under-water explorations, carried out at Bet Dwarka by the Marine Archaeology Dwarka by the Marine Archaeology Centre of the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa. Bet Dwarka is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Okhamandal region of Gujarat as it has preserved the longest cultural sequence, commencing from protohistoric period to modern times. The time bracket of archaeological remains have been well supported by the scientific dates such as Carbon, AMS and Thermoluminescence. Other important scientific aspects discussed in the book are analysis of bones, palynological studies, impact of seismic activities and sea level changes of the study area. The book begins with an introduction to the geological, geographic, archaeological and environmental background of the region and then devotes a chapters to chronology, dealing with cultural and scientific dates from the site. Planning and layout of trenches and cultural findings and identification of layers have been described in a separate chapter. A full chapter has been devoted to antiquities discovered during the excavation which includes beads of terracotta, shell, glass, stone and fish bone, copper objects, coins, shell bangles and iron objects. Another chapters comprises of the detailed description of the pottery of the protohistoric and historical period. The concluding chapter deals with the shell remains from the island of Bet Dwarka. It is hoped that the book will help in understanding the maritime activities of the Okhamandal region and the cultural sequence of the Bet Dwarka island. Profusely illustrated with maps, line drawings and plates, the book will interest the general reader and will be immensely useful for the students and scholars of archaeology.
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About the authors

A.S. Gaur

A.S. Gaur, Marine Archaeologist at the Marine Archaeology Center of the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, belongs to the first batch of the Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi. at present he is working on several aspects of marine archaeology including sea level and shoreline changes using archaeological evidences. Recently, he led a land excavation at Bet Dwarka. He has published a number of articles in national and international journals of archaeology and marine archaeology and scientific periodicals. He was especially deputed abroad by the NIO or marine archaeological research.


Shri Sundaresh, a Marine Archaeologist working in National Institute of Oceanography since 1989. He has carried out underwater investigations at Dwarka, Bet Dwarka and Somnath as a principal investigator and at Poompuhar as a co-investigator. He has participated in all the underwater investigations along the Indian coast for the study of submerged ports and shipwrecks and also in an international expedition for the study of submerged structures in Japan waters. He has more than 40 research papers to his credit. Presently he is working on coastal archaeology and shipwrecks on south Indian coast.

K.H. Vora

Shri, K.H. Vora, a Marine Geologist, joined the National Institute of Oceanography in 1977. Initially, part of team, which carried out offshore engineering surveys using acoustical sensors; he subsequently also surveyed western shelf of India, mainly to study marine geomorphology and paleao-oceanography. this experience enabled him to carry out marine archaeological investigations using geophysical methods off Poompuhar in 1981 and off Dwarka in 1989. Since 1991 he is looking after activities in the field of Marine Archaeology at NIO.

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Title Archaeology of BET Dwarka Island
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173052980
length xxii+146p., Figures; Tables; Maps; Plates; References; Bibliography; Index; 28cm.