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Ayodhya: Archaeology after Demolition

D. Mandal (Author)
Synopsis Archaeology has become implicated in the Ayodhya controversy. It has been claimed that archaeological evidence provides irrefutable proof of the existence of a Rama temple at the site of the Babri Masjid, and the destruction of this temple by Babur. The author uses standard archaeological procedures to question the claim. He examines the structural and artifactual evidence and analyses the stratigraphic information of B.B. Lal’s excavations. Exploring possible alternative interpretations of the available data, he concludes that there was no temple of stone or brick lying below the mosque, and that there is no evidence of any act of destruction. This is a defence of archaeology against its political misuse. A cautious examination of the archaeological evidence reveals a great deal about the working of communal politics. The archaeological discoveries which are supposed to prove the demolition of a Rama temple by Babur actually show no more than the logic of a politics which destroyed
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About the author

D. Mandal

D. Mandal has been involved in the excavation of a wide range of archaeological sites over the last several decades.  He is the author of Radiocarbon Dates and Indian Archaeology (1972) and Ayodhya: Archaeology after Demolition (1993), and has co-authored Excavations at Mahagara (1980), Beginnings of Agriculture (1980) and History to Prehistory (1980).  He taught in the Department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology, University of Allahabad.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ayodhya: Archaeology after Demolition
Author D. Mandal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8125023445
length xiv+88p., Notes.