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Underwater Archaeology of Dwarka and Somnath

 
A.S. Gaur (Author) Sundaresh (Author) K.H. Vora (Author)
Synopsis Dwarka has always evoked keen interest among scholars and researchers because of its link with the Mahabharata, which mentions sea level changes much before the concept was developed and accepted in oceanography / marine geology. It was therefore naturally the first site to be taken up for marine archaeological explorations in India. The sea off Dwarka has been explored since 1982 for marine archaeological purpose and the findings have attracted the attention of media and the common man. Archaeological findings such as a large number and variety of stone anchors suggested that the Dwarka was a very busy port during the historical and the medieval periods. The present book details the scientific analysis of systematic explorations carried out between 1998-2002. the archaeological findings from Dwarka have been compared with the findings from various sites along the Saurashtra coast to provide relative information. The type of the antiquities recovered from the sea bed is indicative of the involvement of ancient man in maritime activities. This book discusses extensively the date and identification of anchors and other objects recovered from underwater exploration. The book also addresses some of the controversies that arose during early stage of the exploration based on additional facts and findings collected. Divided into two major sections devoted to Dwarka and Somnath respectively, the book is profusely illustrated with underwater and surface photographs, drawings and tables. It is hoped that the book will provide valuable facts on the underwater archaeology of Dwarka and Somnath for readers and scholars to draw their own conclusion.
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About the authors

A.S. Gaur

A.S. Gaur, Marine Archaeologist at the Marine Archaeology Center of the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, belongs to the first batch of the Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi. at present he is working on several aspects of marine archaeology including sea level and shoreline changes using archaeological evidences. Recently, he led a land excavation at Bet Dwarka. He has published a number of articles in national and international journals of archaeology and marine archaeology and scientific periodicals. He was especially deputed abroad by the NIO or marine archaeological research.

Sundaresh

Shri Sundaresh, a Marine Archaeologist working in National Institute of Oceanography since 1989. He has carried out underwater investigations at Dwarka, Bet Dwarka and Somnath as a principal investigator and at Poompuhar as a co-investigator. He has participated in all the underwater investigations along the Indian coast for the study of submerged ports and shipwrecks and also in an international expedition for the study of submerged structures in Japan waters. He has more than 40 research papers to his credit. Presently he is working on coastal archaeology and shipwrecks on south Indian coast.

K.H. Vora

Shri, K.H. Vora, a Marine Geologist, joined the National Institute of Oceanography in 1977. Initially, part of team, which carried out offshore engineering surveys using acoustical sensors; he subsequently also surveyed western shelf of India, mainly to study marine geomorphology and paleao-oceanography. this experience enabled him to carry out marine archaeological investigations using geophysical methods off Poompuhar in 1981 and off Dwarka in 1989. Since 1991 he is looking after activities in the field of Marine Archaeology at NIO.

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Bibliographic information

Title Underwater Archaeology of Dwarka and Somnath
Format Hardcover
Date published: 16.07.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173053498
length xxiv+92p., Figures; Maps; Illustrations; Bibliography; Index; 28cm.