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The Rise of Civilization in the Gangetic Plain the Context of Painted Grey Ware

Vibha Tripathi (Author)

The book is about the rise of civilization in the Ganga Plains. Though there are traces of occupation starting as early as 8th millennium BCE, as indicated by radiometric characterizations, but those early footprints of humankind in the region were not only unsteady and vacillating but also very sparse. An uninterrupted cultural occupation of the plains starts much later. The foundations of a civilization that has an unbroken history for the millennia to come were laid down by a culture known in the archeological parlance as the painted Grey Ware PGW culture. Our knowledge of this phase of protohistoric culture has grown manifolds over the last few decades. The present book attempts to review the recently retrieved data to reconstruct the life of a society that coincides well with the Later Vedic period of Indian history. As a result of river course changes discernable in satellite imageries indicating drying up of the mighty River Saraswati of the Rigvedic period, the cultural foci shifted towards the Gangetic Doab. This region became the cradle of Indian Civilization in the centuries to come. Thousands of PGW sites have now been located along the rivers in the Indo Gangetic divide. The field investigation carried out in recent past have added new dimensions to the PGW culture. We can now discern more clearly the traces of evolving socio-cultural, techno-economic and political system that took place in this region over the centuries. We may now talk with greater clarity about the spatial distribution of sites, settlement pattern, social hierarchy and technological attainments as reflected in advancements in the field of metallurgy glass making, ceramics and other areas of craft specialization. All this is manifest in the material remains examined in the book. But the book tries to look beyond and focuses its prism on the man behind material culture. It finds culture that reverberates with life paving the way for the rise of a vibrant civilization in the Ganga Plain that lasts till today.

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About the author

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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Title The Rise of Civilization in the Gangetic Plain the Context of Painted Grey Ware
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.09.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173054259
length xxiii+355p., 36 Figures, Maps Colour 1, 48 Plates; Colour; 49, B/W 53.