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The Departed Harappans of Kalibangan

A K Sharma (Author)
Synopsis The book gives vivid description about the Harappans, who laid the foundations of the Indian culture and who departed leaving a rich legacy behind them, which forms the backbone of Indian culture today. The book describes as to how their resting abode, after death was discovered how they were disturbed from their eternal sleep, by the archaeologists, and how their burials were scientifically excavated and studied. The evidences from Kalibangan Cemetery when analysed and studied in the light of the vast literature available in the ancient texts, particularly the 'vaidic' clearly demonstrate the affinity of Harappans with Vaidic Aryans. Detailed description of burials will be of immense help to the students and scholars. The recent DNA studies bring out the homogenity of human race, destroying all the myths about various racial elements tried to be discovered by earlier excavators and scientists. The book is an attempt to approach the modes of disposal of the dead, study of human skeletal remains from all scientific angles, with an open mind.
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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 The Departed Harappans of Kalibangan
Author A K Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sundeep Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8175740841
length xvii+121p., 50 Plates; 17 Figures; References; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.