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Megalithic Builders of South India: Archaeo-Anthropological Investigations on Human Skeletal Remains from Kodumanal

Veena Mushrif-Tripathy (Editor) K Rajan (Editor) S R Walimbe (Editor)
Synopsis The report on the Kodumanal human skeletal series is important in many ways. The site of Kodumanal is one of the best excavated, best attended and best reported Early Historic-Megalithic sites of the Indian peninsular region. The report deviates from the conventional anthropological design, and follows bio-cultural approach which provides information on many important facets of this bygone population. For the first time in Indian archaeology the human remains recovered from the excavation are not looked as isolated pieces of evidence for mere description of bodily features, but anthropologists and the excavator are joining hands while interpreting the biological features in terms of literary, epigraphical and archaeological data.
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About the authors

Veena Mushrif-Tripathy

Veena Mushrif-Tripathy (Asst. Professor, M.S. University, Vadodara) has wide research experience of excavation, treatment and studies on archaeological skeletal series. She has participated in several Government and University research projects. She has three monographs and several articles to her credit.

K Rajan

K.Rajan, Professor and Head, Department of History, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry is graduated from University of Madras and holds Post Graduate Diploma from Institute of Archaeology and Ph.D from Mysore University. During his tenure as a Technical Officer in National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, He actively participated both in Marine Archaeological Explorations and in land excavations at Dwarka, Poompuhar, Ramapuram, Periyapattinam, Kodumanal, Mayiladumparai and Thandikudi. He discovered more than thousand archaeological sites in Tamil Nadu. He has completed more than fifteen research projects funded by UGC, INSA, ICHR, CIIL and Ford Foundation. He is the Visiting Fellow of the Cambridge University, University College London, Gakushuin University, Tokyo and Maison des Sciences de L’ Homme and Sorbonne University, Paris. He has eight books and more than sixty research papers to his credit.

S R Walimbe

S R Walimbe (Retired Professor and Head, Department of Anthropology, University of Pune, Pune) is a pioneer to pursue bio-cultural approach to understand the nature of bodily adaptations of the extinct Indian populations. Scholar of high repute, Prof. Walimbe has studied more than 50 skeletal populations, and is the leader of the only active research group engaged in human skeletal research in India. He is the promoter for 'ancient DNA' studies in India.

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Title Megalithic Builders of South India: Archaeo-Anthropological Investigations on Human Skeletal Remains from Kodumanal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2011
Edition Ist ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173054105
length xii+140p., Figures; Maps; Bibliography; Index; 19cm x 25cm.