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Pre, Proto and Early Historic Cultures of Krishna-Tungabhadra Valley

B Subrahmanyan (Author)
Synopsis The present book attempts to provide a systematic and scientific account of the culture and civilization of Man in Krishna Tungabhadra Valley of A.P. right from pre-historic times to the early historic period, based on extensive field work i.e. explorations and excavations, besides critical examination of the material evidences encountered. Dr. B. Subrahmanyam, provides a clear picture of the life of ancient man right from pre-historic times to the level of urbanisation through various stages. The book also encapsulates the original discoveries met with during explorations and excavations and he interprets the evidence in proper cultural and chronological contexts. Some of the discoveries are indeed very fascinating as they were not reported either from South-India or from the sub-continent earlier. For examples, the occurrence of middle palaeolithic tools in association with the skeletal remains of Bosnomadicus in an end Pleistocene section and also Macro-facies in Mesolithic cultural context, near rock art cave sites on the banks of the river Krishna, really are remarkable in the pre-historic cultural context of the valley. The discovery of a new stone age tool-kit in neolithic culture and wooden coffins in a pit burial in megalithic context from this valley, considered as unique examples, are yet to be reported from the sub-continent in proto-historic context of India. A critical examination of the above evidences seems to attest to the theory of cultural diffusion into the valley from west Asia during proto-historic times. The book also suggests that Saivism flourished in the valley through early brick temples, during the Satavahana times (1st-2nd c. A.D.), near the confluence points, whereas Buddhism was predominant in the coastal belt of Andhradesa in the lower reaches of the valley. Numismatic evidences, in the form of Roman, Satavahana and Maharathi coins in association with early brick structures in this valley, once again confirms the prevalence of maritime trade contacts with the other parts of the world through this valley. On the whole, the book critically examines fresh archaeological data unearthed not only from the nuclear zones of this valley but also from the peripheral areas, in order to obtain an overall picture of the life of ancient man right from pre-historic to early historic times.
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About the author

B Subrahmanyan

Born on 27-8-1950 at Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Dr. B. Subrahamanyam had received his school education in Guntur. He pursued his Post-Graduation in Ancient Indian History and Archaeology in the Post Graduate Centre at Guntur and took his M.A. degree in 1974 from Andhra University, Waltair. Afterwards he joined as a Technical Assistant in the State Archaeological Development, Hyderabad in 1975. Since then, he actively participated in explorations, major excavations and transplantation of temples especially from the submersible region of Srisailm Project. Alongside, he worked for Ph.D. degree on ‘Proto and Early Historic Cultures of Mahbubnagar region in Andhra Pradesh’ and was awarded degree in 1986 by Mysore University, Mysore. In that, the author has made an attempt to a critical study of all the available cultural data and also bring out a comprehensive account of the region, by adding fresh archaeological discoveries. He also obtained P.G. diploma in Public Relations from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad in 1983. He contributed a good number of research articles to various reputed journals and also to Indian History Congress, A.P. History Congress etc. Apart from his participation in numerous seminars, he has to his credit two published works, viz. ‘Thotlakonda-A Buddhist site in .AP. (1992) and ‘Directory’ of Monuments: Antiquarian Remains in Anantapur District A.P. – Vol-I’ (1993). At the present he is working as Research and Training Officer in the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Hyderabad, and is actively associated with the preparation of Directory of Monuments of Andhra Pradesh and also in finalizing the excavation report of the department. For his outstanding discovery of Buddhist relic caskets from Bavikonda – A Buddhist site in Andhra Pradesh, he has been granted an incentive award in 1994, in addition to personal appreciations from the highest authorities of Government of Andhra Pradesh. His zeal for research, keeps him busy in pursuing various untouched areas in the field of Archaeology in Andhra Pradesh.

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Bibliographic information

Title Pre, Proto and Early Historic Cultures of Krishna-Tungabhadra Valley
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1997
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186050051
length xxiv+312p., Maps; Figures; Plates; Bibliography; Index; 28cm.