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Early Man in Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh

A K Sharma (Author)
Synopsis From the lives the Hindukush and Pir Panjal rose to their present height, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, the crown region of India, has been the abode of early man. After the discoveries of de Terra and Paterson in 1935; multi disciplinary scientific investigations in the region, have resulted in accumulation of vast data, regarding the emergence and development of early man in India. Now it appears that the enchanting 'Vale' of Kashmir was the place where early man evolved first. The scientific excavations in the region have now proved that as early as nearly 5000 years back the people in the region had close contacts with the Harappans of Indus Saraswati basin and also traded the west, central and east Asia, scientific studies have also revealed that the neolithic people of Kashmir belonged to the same stock to which the Harappans belonged. They were like two brothers, one going to the town where as the other continuing to look after the property of his forefathers. The book is an attempt for the first time, to living before the scholars and public, the vast scientific data from explored and excavated prehistoric sites, from the region in order to demonstration to how the region was the cradle of development of man in India and how many things like iron made their first appearance in India from this valley. It was not during Asoka but thousands of years prior to that; that human civilization grew and developed in this region in close affinity with the rest of the Indian subcontinent and always remained a land of culture, charm and beauty.
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About the author

A K Sharma

Shri A.K. Sharma is an archaeologist of repute. He is internationally known for his original contributions in the field of archaeology and anthropology. During thirty three years of his hectic career, in different capacities in the Archaeological Survey of India he explored and excavated a number of sites throughout the length and breadth of the country, particularly in remote and inaccessible areas of North-East India, Jammu Kashmir and Lakshadweep. To his credit goes the discovery and excavation of the biggest Stone Age site Anangpur, near Delhi, the biggest prehistoric cave of Kachagad in Maharashtra, the sprawling nucleus megalithic site in Chhattisgarh, unique Neolithic site of Gufkral in Kashmir Valley, early historic sites of Sekta in Manipur and Vadagokugiri in Garo Hills of Meghalaya. He is also known for the discovery of horse bones of domesticated horse in Harappan context which have been internationally acknowledged and has changed the whole theory about Aryans and Vaidic period. He worked at Kalibangan excavation from 1961 to 1969. He has to his credit more than 50 published research papers on anthropology, archaeozoology, prehistory and other aspects of archaeology. Presently he is working as Senior Fellow of Indian Council of Historical Research on his project “Megaliths of Chhattisgarh including Bastar:. He is also directing the excavations at Mansar near Nagpur.

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Title Early Man in Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh
Author A K Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173200394
length xx+195p., Figures; Plates; Maps; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.