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History and Archaeology of India's Contacts with Other Countries from Earliest Times to 300 B.C.

Shashi Asthana (Author) S P Gupta (Foroward)
Volumes have been written on India’s contacts with other countries during the historical period but there is hardly a work which deals exclusively with such contacts during the prehistoric and protohistoric periods, i.e., from the Palaeolithic period to the Mauryan period. There are, however, a number of archaeological reports of excavations conducted in India and outside which contain a good deal of information on material culture throwing significant light on the subject, but is has not been pieced together earlier to work out a connected history of the entire period under consideration. Similarly, there is a good deal of literary and traditional evidence which needed a fresh treatment in the light of new historical discoveries and reassessment of the old data. In the present monograph an attempt has been made not only to organize this information into the historical perspective of time and space but also to present a reappraisal of a number of theories built by different scholars working in the field.

It deals with the periods of Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic. Pre and Post-Harappan Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Megalithic, Vedic, Epical, Early Historical and Mauryan cultures of Ancient India. It covers various countries of present day Africa, South Asia, South-East Asia and Arabia, and also ancient Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Central Asia (both Soviet and Chinese), China, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

It is the first monograph of its kind which will be of great value for historians, archaeologists and anthropologists alike.
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About the authors

Shashi Asthana

Dr. Shashi Prabha Asthana(1947-1997), an expert in ancient Indian history and archaeology, won a number of prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Bursary Merit Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship and British Institute Fellowship to visit and work in the UK, the USA, Japan, Iraq, Iran, France, Germany and other countries. She has authored several monographs and catalogues including History and Archaeology of India's Contacts with other Countries from earliest times to 300 BC (1976), Pre-Harappan Cultures of India and its Borderlands (1985), Mathura Kala (2000), Indian Art through the Ages and Indian Bronzes.

S P Gupta

Dr. S.P. Gupta, born in 1931, presently Chairman, Indian Archaeological Society, New Delhi, is a distinguished archaeologist and art historian who has been awarded several gold medals and the Sir Mortimer Wheeler Prize for excellence in field-archaeology. He has worked and lectured in more than 30 countries of the world. He has authored a number of books including Disposal of the Dead and Physical Types in Ancient India (1971), Tourism, Museums and Monuments (1975), Archaeology of Soviet Central Asia and the Indian Borderlands – two volumes (1978), The Roots of Indian Art (1980) – the French edition of which was published in 1990 and Cultural Tourism in India (2002). He has also edited many books and published about 50 articles in various national and international journals and books.

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Bibliographic information

Title History and Archaeology of India's Contacts with Other Countries from Earliest Times to 300 B.C.
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.06.2011
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 8176467839, 9788176467834
length xxvii+275p., 66p. of Plates; Illustrations; Maps; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.