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Art and Archaeology of Madhya Pradesh and Adjoining Regions: Recent Perspectives

Pankaj Rag (Editor) Vasant Shinde (Editor) Om Prakash Misra (Editor)

Based on an international seminar on art and archaeology of Madhya Pradesh and adjoining regions, the volume presents papers submitted at an international seminar by scholars in diverse fields on the rich art and architectural wealth of the state of Madhya Pradesh.

The archaeological excavations carried out in Madhya Pradesh in particular have revealed its importance in understanding the development of culture and civilisation in the region. The papers presented here discuss the contributions of Madhya Pradesh archaeologically. They deal with various phases of the history and evolution of art and architecture, sculpture and iconography here: the Chalcolithic and Ahar cultural phases, Harappan and the Indo-Aryan presence of the Rigvedic period, the Magadha and Buddhist periods among others. It focuses on the excavation work carried out in different sites including Navda Toli, Maheshwar, Amonda, Dewas, Bhimbetka and Gwalior and takes up diverse themes to throw light on various aspects of the Chalcolithic phase in central India including the Chalcolithic blade industry, early religious art and its representation of women, the rock art and evolution of painting. With numerous illustrations, the volume examines subjects like epigraphical and pictorial evidences of performing rural magical rituals of ancient Magadha in the Vindhya region and the need of participation of the community in preservation and conservation of archaeological material.

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About the authors

Vasant Shinde

An internationally renowned archaeologist, Dr. Vasant Shinde is a senior faculty member of the Department of Archaeology, Deccan College, Post-Graduate and Research Institute (Deemed University), Pune, and was a Visiting Professor in the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto. His field of research is the Protohistory of South Asia and Field Archaeology. Dr. Shinde has been actively engaged in archaeological research in various parts of India and abroad for the last twenty-four years and has excavated sites like Padri, Balathal, Bagor, Mudvi and Siddhapur. One of his books entitled Early Settlements in Central Tapi Basin introduced new directions and methodology in Protohistorical research.

Om Prakash Misra

Dr. O.P. Misra, M.A. in A.I.H.C. and Archaeology from Gorakhpur University, is the Publication Officer in the office of the Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums, Government of Madhya Pradesh. Member of many learned societies and Associate/ Joint editor of several significant publications, including the departmental journal, Puratan, Dangwada Excavation Report. Khujuraho in Perspective, Vidisha, Ratlam, Shajapur, K.D Bajpai Commemoration volume, the author of Mother Goddess in Central Indiaand Iconography of Saptamatrkas. Dr. Misra has participated in many excavations in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, and contributed articles to different journals on the Art and Architecture of Madhya Pradesh.

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Title Art and Archaeology of Madhya Pradesh and Adjoining Regions: Recent Perspectives
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788189660185
length xx+364p., Illustrations; Chiefly Colour; Maps; Some Colour; 30cm.