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Historical Archaeology of India

M.K. Dhavalikar (Author)
Synopsis The most neglected aspect of Indian archaeology is the archaeology of the historical period. Although some historical sites were excavated before 1947, they were neglected in the post-independence period as the attention was concentrated more on protohistoric settlements. When historical levels were encountered in excavations, they had to be removed because the main objective was to reach the protohistoric strata. The present study, however, brings into sharp focus the importance of historical archaeology. The literature on historical archaeology of India is almost non-existent save a couple of works which, however, deal more with urbanization. The present study is the only of its kind which covers all the aspects of historical archaeology from Ca. 1000 BC to 1800 AD. It is a complementary volume to the author's Indian Protohistory (1997).
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About the author

M.K. Dhavalikar

Professor Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar (b 1930) studied archaeology at Deccan College, University of Pune. After serving Archaeological Survey of India (1953-65), joined Nagpur University (1975-76) and was later Professor of Archaeology and Director, Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute (now a Deemed Univeristy) Pune, up to 1990. He carried out several excavations of protohistoric sites such a Kayatha, Inamgaon, Somnath and Kuntasi. He was President, Indian Archaeological Society, 1986, and is President, Indian History Congress, 1999. Environment and Culture: A Historical Perspective (2002), and Encyclopaedia of Indian Archaeology, vol. III (in press), besides excavation reports.

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Bibliographic information

Title Historical Archaeology of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Books & Books
Language: English
isbn 8185016550
length 374p., Illustrations; Bibliography; Figures; Index; 25cm.