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Archaeology of the Ganga Basin: Paradigm Shift (In 2 Volumes)

 
Vibha Tripathi (Editor) Prabhakar Upadhyay (Editor)
Synopsis The archaeology of Ganga plain has come a long way with extensive explorations and excavations going on regularly over the decades in the region. New models of understanding cultures with processual, and post-processual archaeology have placed greater challenges before investigators. In light of these new conceptual frameworks, the excavations need to be re-planned and research schemes re-oriented. With new ideas and theories, the role of scientifically discovered material and their interpretation assume greater significance today than ever before. Our main concern now is to review and re-examine material remains with fresh angle. The emphasis has to be now on a more holistic reconstruction of cultures using multi-pronged approach. We have a clear idea of cultural sequence. The gaps that presumably existed between different cultural periods are now nearly filled up. These facets of the archaeology of the Ganga plain call for a paradigm shift in approach to study of material remains coming forth from sites of the region. New models and approaches are called for to reconstruct the personality of cultures of the Ganga plain. It is with application of a holistic approach that we can re-write the history of Ganga plain termed by Mortimer Wheeler as the ‘Ganges Civilization'. The book contains contributions of scholars who have worked in the field on various aspects of the culture of the Ganga plain. The volumes must be of interest to scholars and serious readers alike providing the latest information available on the subject.
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About the authors

Vibha Tripathi

Dr. Vibha Tripathi (b. 1948) is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology. She has worked extensively in Proto-historic and Early Historic Archaeology, contributing nearly 200 papers and ten books on various aspects of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology. Although she specializes in the field of ancient Indian technology, especially in ceramics and metallurgy, she emphasizes on holistic reconstruction of the past through her works. She is widely travelled participating and chairing sessions in National and International conferences, seminars and symposia. As a member of several National and International academic bodies, she contributes to National policies. Presently she is member of several societies and important national bodies for History of Science, Indian National Science Academy (INSA); Science and Heritage Research Initiative, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.

In recognition to her sustained contributions to the field of Ancient Indian Culture and archaeology, she has been bestowed several prestigious awards like the ‘Bharatiya Manisha Sutram’ Award and V.S. Wakankar Award (2017). More recently, she received Newton Funding award by STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford and Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research to undertake in-depth research in the field of archaeo-metallurgy.

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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 Archaeology of the Ganga Basin: Paradigm Shift (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788188934652
length xxxii+580p., Figures; Maps; Plates; Illustrations; Maps; 29cm.