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Minerals and Mining in Ancient India: From the Ealiest Times to The Beginning of Christian Era

 
Prabhakar Upadhyay (Author)
Synopsis History of science and technology has bee a much neglected aspect of study in India, so far. In recent years an interest has been shown by scholars in different aspects of ancient technologies. The present book deals with a relatively less talked about subject of ancient mining and minerals. The book discusses at length the growth of mining technology in India through the ages. It deals with almost all the different minerals that were used in the antiquity ranging from stones that from the common ones of daily usage to semi-precious and precious stones. There is a more detailed examination of ores containing the frequently occurring metals such as copper, lead, zinc, arsenic, tin, gold, silver and iron. The question has been raised here about the ancient cultures and their resources zones. The book fulfils a lacuna in the study of minerals and the mining in ancient India. It will be equally useful for the archeologists and the historians of ancient science and technology working in India.
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Prabhakar Upadhyay

Dr. Prabhakar Upadhyay is engaged in study and researches in the field of history of science and technology in ancient India for nearly a decade in Banaras Hindu University. He has done research on ancient mining and mineral resources of cultures of Ganga Plains (700-600 BC to 100 BC/AD) with an ethnoarcheological and technological angle. Presently engaged in a Department of Science and technology (DST) sponsored project, he is working on an in-depth study of a selected areas of mining and metallurgy in Sonbhadra-Sidh region. The present work incorporates certain aspects of his researchers taken up recently.  Dr. Upadhyay is a dynamic young scholar with a bright academic carrier. He actively participates in academic activities in progress in recent years, especially on the archeology and technology of Gangetic Plains. He has participated in a good number of archeological excavations, such as at Khairadih, Agiabir, Anai and explored several areas OF Varanasi, Jaunpur, Mirzapur, Sonbhadra, Sidhi, Singhbhum etc. He has participated and contributed in national and international seminars and symposia. His research articles are published in journals of repute.

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Bibliographic information

Title Minerals and Mining in Ancient India: From the Ealiest Times to The Beginning of Christian Era
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Kala Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8187566191
length xiii+232p., Plates; Maps; 29cm.