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History and Archaeology of Black-and-Red Ware

H.N. Singh (Author)
Synopsis The black-and-red ware, distinguished by a fully black interior and partially black and largely red exterior, is one of the chief ceramic industries of ancient India. It authentic association in the early days with the megalithic burials of south India had given a strong funerary personality to the ware. For a long time, this ware was supposed to belong to early historical horizon and was generally termed as the Satavahana ware. However, recent excavations, especially in Gujarat (e.g., Pandu Rajar Dhibi), Maharashtra (e.g., Chir and) West-Bangal (e.g., Pandu Rajar Dhibi), Maharashtra (e.g., Prakash), and Karnataka (e.g., Tekkalakota), where it has been found in the proto-historic context, have convincingly c’emolished its exclusive burial character and has demonstrated further that this ware carries a chalcolithic character, too, besides pushing back its antiquity to the Harappan times. More recently, this ware has been reported from the Neolithic horizon as well at Chirand and Koldihwa. Thus, its wide occurrence in different regions and in different levels ranging from the harrappan times down to the early centuries of the Christian era at several sites in India has given manifold facets to its character. So far, scholars have studied this ware in terms of shapes of the pots, thus overlooking its ancillary cultural components, chronological assignments and technological constituents. Obviously, their studies have fallen short of a fuller assessment of the personality of this ware. The present work, therefore, happens to be the first comprehensive work wherein the author has competently investigated the manifold facets of this ware-vis-?-vis the various cultural properties and technological characteristics of diverse cultural and chronological horizons associated with this ware. He has delineated the data and discussed the central theme quite exhaustively and explicitly. The book is adequately illustrated with a map, a line-drawing and a few photographs.
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About the author

H.N. Singh

H.N. Singh was born on 29.8.1936 at Mirzapur (U.P), where he received his early education upto the Intermediate level. In 1955, he moved for higher education to Allahabad (U.P.) where he obtained M.A. degree in Ancient History, Cultural and Archaeology in 1960, and Diploma-in-Archaeology with a first class in 1961 from Allahabad University. He received the degree of Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D.) in 1974 from Nagpur University. In 1961, Dr. Singh joined Archaeological Survey of India at Nagpur (Maharashtra), Eversince his initiation in Archaeology Dr. Singh is intimately associated with the exploration and excavation activities of the Survey with the Universities of Allahabad and Nagpur. His twenty years long career in field-archaeology is studded with extensive participations in several excavations in different parts of the country; Kausambi: 60-61, (Allahabad: U.P.), Vadamadurai: 66-61, (Chingleput:T.N.), Takalghat: 67-68, (Nagpur: M.S.), Battalavallam: 68-69, (Chingleput: T.N.), Surkotda: 71-72, (Kutch: Gujarat). Aside these, Dr. Singh had also participated in intensive prehistoric invest gations carried along the eastern coastal stretch between Madras and Nellore as a part of the project of the Survey to study the chronological and industrial horizons of the stone Age of the region. With this rich academic background Dr. Sing was appointed as a Lecturer in Archaeology in the Post-graduate Department of ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaerology of Nagpur University, Nagpur, where he gave tutions in field-archaeology during the academic year 75-76 and 76-77. Dr. Singh is further credited with quite a few good contributions to variuos research publications of the country.

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Title History and Archaeology of Black-and-Red Ware
Author H.N. Singh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1982
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175740418
length xlix+534p., Figures, Plates; Appendix; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.