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The Age of Iron in South Asia: Legacy and Tradition

 
Vibha Tripathi (Author)
Synopsis The present book deals with the diverse dimensions of iron technology in ancient India and its legacies. The issue of origin of iron in the Old World, particularly in South Asia is taken up in detail. Equal emphasis is given to the innovations in iron metallurgy, the pattern of its adaptation and its impact on the socio-cultural matrix over the millennia. Iron production, its resource zones, the mechanism of its distribution and transportation and the symbiotic relationship between the areas of 'relative isolation' and the 'area of attraction' have been given detailed treatment. The author surmises that there is a direct relationship between technological input and the growing material output and thus iron appears to have played a vital role in the complex phenomena of cultural change. The reconstructions, though based primarily on archaeological data, have been substaintiated by ethnographic and literary evidences. This multidimensional approach makes the deductions more balanced. The book should interest the general readership as well as the specialists in the field of archaeology, history and archaeo-metallurgy.
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About the author

Vibha Tripathi

Dr. Vibha Tripathi (b. 1948) is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology. She has worked extensively in Proto-historic and Early Historic Archaeology, contributing nearly 200 papers and ten books on various aspects of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology. Although she specializes in the field of ancient Indian technology, especially in ceramics and metallurgy, she emphasizes on holistic reconstruction of the past through her works. She is widely travelled participating and chairing sessions in National and International conferences, seminars and symposia. As a member of several National and International academic bodies, she contributes to National policies. Presently she is member of several societies and important national bodies for History of Science, Indian National Science Academy (INSA); Science and Heritage Research Initiative, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

In recognition to her sustained contributions to the field of Ancient Indian Culture and archaeology, she has been bestowed several prestigious awards like the ‘Bharatiya Manisha Sutram’ Award and V.S. Wakankar Award (2017). More recently, she received Newton Funding award by STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research to undertake in-depth research in the field of archaeo-metallurgy.

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Title The Age of Iron in South Asia: Legacy and Tradition
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173052085
length xvi+280p., Figures; Illustrations; Maps; Bibliography; Index; 28cm.