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Newly Discovered Copper Hoard Weapons of South Asia (C. 2800 - 1500 B.C.)

Deo Prakash Sharma (Author)
Synopsis This book "Newly Discovered copper Hoard, Weapons of South Asia" includes chapters on Copper Hoard collection in the National Museum, New Delhi, New Anthropomorphic figures from Ganga-Yamuna doab, New lugged shouldered axes from the Western Uttar Pradesh, New copper hoard in private collections of North India, Copper hoard implements in the National Museum, New Delhi, brief history of copper hoards from 1964 to 1986, Harappan and Ochre Coloured Pottery in Ganga-Yamuna doab, Archaeometallurgy of copper hoard, and list of Harappan, copper hoard, O.C.P. and related sites in Ganga-Yamuna doab. Till today around 5031 copper hoard implements have been reported from 197 sites mostly from Gangetic plains among which 193 are in National Museum collection. We have fixed date of copper hoards from circa 2800 to 1500 B.C. and these could be divided into two groups as follows (A) North Eastern Indian (B) Ganga-Yamuna doab and western India. The technology of western group B is of a distinctive and advanced type and is influenced by the Harappans. According to scholars the authors of the copper hoards were Atharvavedic Aryans, who were contemporary with Harappans. The Anthropomorphic figure of copper hoard is a cult object and a symbol of good omen. The lugged shouldered axes and weed chisels are a new type in copper hoard implements. The shouldered axes show their origin from South East Asia via North-East India and Middle Ganga plain. The copper hoard implements and O.C.P. ceramic are present in stratified deposits of Ganeshwar, Jodhpura, Mithathal, Madarpur, Saipai and Khatoli, which confirm that the authors of these two traditions were the same. Copper hoard implements of western group show genetic relationship with Harap-pans. The author has fixed the period of Ramayana during the last phase of copper hoard period i.e. circa 1600-1500 B.C.
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About the author

Deo Prakash Sharma

Deo Prakash Sharma is an Art Historian, Museologist and field Archaeologist participated in the excavations at Pangoraria, Mansar, Narmada Valley, Bhimbetka Chopani - Mando, Mehagarha, Koldihwa, Mahadaha, Sringaverpura and Bharadvaj Ashram. Besides, he did extensive exploration in the districts of Fatehpur, Pratapgarh and Allahabad in U.P. and in Sehor District in Madhya Pradesh. Anopther significant contribution of the author is the discovery of Menander (Posthumous) Brahmi inscription from Reh. During 1983-84 he was awarded Commonwealth scholarship and he meritoriously qualified M.A. (Archaeology) with specialization in Palaeolithic Archaeology of the world and Pre-history of South East Asia and Australia from the Institute of Archaeology, London. He participated in the excavations at Sussex under the team of Archaeologists of Institute of Archaeology, London and at Pincentvetn (France) under Prof. Gaurhan and Mark Newcomer, both world famous Rock-art specialist. In 1985 he joined as Dy. Keeper, Pre-History and Archaeology at National Museum, New Delhi. In 1993 he was promoted as Keeper Education in National Museum. At present he is the Head of the Harappan, Pre and Proto-history and Early Archaeology collection at National Museum, New Delhi. The author has published 122 papers and ten books of which a few are listed here, Early Buddhist Metal Images of South Asia; Indus script on its way to Decipherment; Harappan Seals, Sealings and Copper Tables; Harappan Art Vol. I; Harappan Terracottas; Harappan Jewellery; Pre-historic Indian and South East Asia (Press) and Harappan Archaeology (Press) and Archaeology of Lower doab.

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Title Newly Discovered Copper Hoard Weapons of South Asia (C. 2800 - 1500 B.C.)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 818605085X
length xxxiii+182p., Maps; Tables; Figures; Plates; Bibliography; Index; 28cm