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A Rural Settlement of Ancient Varanasi: Excavations at Anai

Vibha Tripathi (Author) Prabhakar Upadhyay (Author)

Archaeological researches in India have so far focused primarily on mega-sites having imposing and impressive evidence or on city sites mentioned in early literature. But for a real comprehension of city life, study of rural culture is inevitable. Rural settlements that have rarely been paid attention to so far are likely to provide real insight into life of common man. To get a peep into rural life of ancient Varanasi, an excavation was conducted at Anai, a sleepy village near Varanasi which was the capital of Kasi Mahajanapada.

The present book, though primarily a report of excavations at Anai, attempts to discuss different aspects of cultural, social and economic life during the second and first millennium BCE. There are artifacts exhibiting specialization in various crafts and technologies. One finds traces of intra-regional and inter-regional interactions and vibrant trade networks established through thick arteries of rivers irrigating the landscape. We also come across clear traces of religious beliefs and practices prevalent at different cultural periods. The book tries to unfold divergent dimensions of culture of rural India and interface it with evolving city centres. With detailed study and analyses of material remains, this book should interest the experts in the field of Archaeology. At the same time the book also tries to reach out to the common reader who may be interested in life in ancient Varanasi.

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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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Title A Rural Settlement of Ancient Varanasi: Excavations at Anai
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.10.2013
Edition 1st.ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788192698342
length xv+182p., 40 Pages of Plates; Illustrations; Some Colour; Maps; 25cm.
Subjects History