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The Oxford Companion to Indian Archaeology

Dilip K Chakrabarti (Author)
Synopsis A thematic, geographic, and temporal study, The Oxford Companion to Indian Archaeology offers a definitive introduction, area-by-area, phase-by-phase, to a whole range of archaeological data in the Indian subcontinent. Using a wide variety of sources ranging from earliest excavations to the most recent findings, this companion traces the archaeological scenario of the subcontinent, from the Stone Age to AD 13th century. Highlighting the interconnections between regional geographies and related archaeological and historical issues, it provides a comprehensive and authoritative perspective on Indian archaeology. Archaeological data and related evidence including inscriptions, coins, art, architecture as well as religious and iconographical frameworks are examined to review main historical debates and analyse various aspects of material and social life such as agriculture, metallurgy, pottery, internal and external trade, and religion. The book presents a succinct account of the archaeology of the Lakshadveep and the Andaman-Nicobar Island. It outlines the variegated dimensions of Indian archaeological history and efforts at conservation. It also revisits the Aryan question and discusses the most recent developments in the field of archaeology including the sites unearthed by the tsunami in December 2004. Characterized throughout by an intimate knowledge of the archaeological landscape, this multi-layered compendium provides a striking geographical and temporal frame to view archaeological and temporal frame to view archaeological developments in the subcontinent. Richly illustrated with photographs, figures, and maps, this volume will fill a long-felt lacuna in South Asian archaeological studies. Archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, conservationists, students and scholars, will use it as a key resource. It will also be useful for those interested in the growth of human cultures and civilizations.
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About the author

Dilip K Chakrabarti

Dilip K. Chakrabarty is University lecturer in south Asian archaeology at Cambridge University. His recent publications include Archaeological Geography of the Ganga Plain: the Lower and the Middle Ganga (Delhi 2001) and The Archaeology of European Expansion in India: Gujarat, c. 16th-18th Centuries (in Press). His current field-research programmes include a historical geographical study of the upper Ganga plain and a similar study of the routes which linked the Ganga plain with the Deccan.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Oxford Companion to Indian Archaeology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195673425
length xvi+570p., Tables; Figures; Maps; Notes; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.