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Kampilya Quest for a Mahabharata City

Bruno Marcolongo (Author) Gian Giuseppe Filippi (Author)
Synopsis Kampil (Farrukhabad District, U.P.) is a typical Indian village in the fertile terrain of the Ganga-Yamuna Doab. Known for its long, glorious past, the village has, since A. Cunningham’s visit here in 1878, compelled increasing attention of the archaeologists seeking to explore its possible identity with Kampilya — the city, described in the Mahabharata story, as the fabulous capital of Drupad’s south Pancala kingdom. The question of Kampil-Kampilya identity was examined afresh by a multidisciplinary research team, on the basis of lRS Satellite multispectral images of the mid -Ganga plain, a predictive geo-archaeological model, and field surveys. Which, in trun, led researchers to the discovery of a complex of ruins: the remains of a fortified structure, locally called Drupad Kila — about five kilometers upstream of the Kampil village. Set out here are the preliminary findings of this multidisciplinary research, including (a) a study of the late Holocene palaeo-hydographic evolution of Doab region around Drupad Kila site and the influence of geomorphology/environmental resources on the human historical settlements; (b) an archaeological report, based on the surface survey of the discovered site; and (c) a socio-ethnological study of the villages around the Kila complex. Carried out during 1996-98, these studies: each contributed by the area specialist (s) of the research team, addressed specifically the question whether the Drupad-Kila complex answers to the description of Mahabharata city of Kampilya. Visualizing the manifold importance of Kampilya — beyond just the archaeological event, the editors have created a holistic “Kampilya Project” to retrieve the cultural and environmental potentialities of the Drupad-Kila complex and its peripheral areas.
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About the author

Gian Giuseppe Filippi

Gian Giuseppe Filippi, (born: 21 June 1947), holds Venice University’s a doctorate and international recognition as a specialist in Indological Studies. For over three decades, he has lectured on Indian Art, History and different Indology-related subjects at different for a that notably include his stints, as visiting Professor, at the UK’s Hull University, India’s prestigious Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (New Delhi) and the National Museum Institute (New Delhi). His membership of several learned bodies apart, he is the vice-President of Italy-India Association, and also the Director of the Venetian Academy of Indian Studies, Venice, Italy. Currently Professor of History of Art of India at the University of Venice – a position he has held since 1985, Dr. Filippi has already published two books and over sixty papers.

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Title Kampilya Quest for a Mahabharata City
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124601321
length 83p., Col. & b/w plates; 25cm.