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India - 1947-1997: New Light of the Indus Civilization

B.B. Lal (Author)
Synopsis Sometimes facts are stranger than fiction. At midnight of August 14-15, 1947, not only did the Indus river, from which India derives its name, slip out of Indian territory but also all the sites of the grand civilization associated with the name of that river, viz. the Indus civilization. Indian archaeologists, however, took up the challenge and by now have put on the map of divided India nearly 1,000 sites pertaining variously to early, mature and late phases of this civilization. The civilization is now known to have extended far beyond the Indus valley - up to northern Uttar Pradesh in the east and northern Maharashtra in the south. But neither the number nor the extent is of essence. What really matters is that the Indian sites have thrown altogether new light on this civilization. To wit, we now have: from Lothal, the earliest dockyard known to humanity; from Kalibangan, the earliest ploughed agricultural field ever revealed through excavation, as also the evidence of the earliest earthquake; from Dholavira, the earliest example of damming a stream for water-supply; from the same site a unique township comprising a Citadel, middle town and lower town, all duly fortified. Avoiding technical jargon but fully illustrated, the book is written specially for non-archaeologists who, the author feels, must share these achievements. It is to them that the book is dedicated.
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About the author

B.B. Lal

An archaeologist of international repute, Professor B.B. Lal was the Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India from 1968 to 1972. In the latter year, he took voluntary retirement, better to pursue his research programmes independently. He joined Jiwaji University, Gwalior, as a Professor and later moved to the renowned Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, of which he was also the Director for many years. Born on 2 May 1921, Lal had a brilliant academic career throughout. On joining the Archaeological Survey in 1946, he held charge of the Excavations Branch and participated with Sri Mortimer Wheeler in the excavations at Harappa. Soon he paved his way up, becoming in 1959 the first Director of the School of Archaeology. In 1971, Prof Lal was invited as Alexander White Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago. In 1994, he was awarded D.Litt. degree (honoris causa) by the Institute of Archaeology, St. Petersberg, Russia. The same year he was elected President of World Archaeological Congress-3. He has been President and Member of several UNESCO Committees. At home, the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara conferred on him the title of Vidya Varidhi and the Mithila Vishvavidyalaya, that of Mahamahopadhyaya. He has also been honoured by the Indian Science Congress, Indian Archaeological Society and Asiatic Society, Bombay. Professor Lal has many significant excavations to his credit, ranging from the palaeolithic times to early historical. In 1961, under a UNESCO project, he conducted excavations in Nubia, Egypt. His publications include, besides excavation-reports and other books, over a hundred and fifty research papers, published in scientific journals, both in India and abroad: in USA, UK, France, Italy, Egypt, Pakistan, Japan, etc.

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Title India - 1947-1997: New Light of the Indus Civilization
Author B.B. Lal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173051291
length xix+135p., Plates; Maps; Bibliography; Index.