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Glass in Ancient India: Excavations at Kopia

Alok Kumar Kanungo (Author)

Glass in Ancient India: Excavations at Kopia is a descriptive, analytical and scientific work, and covers the archaeology of Kopia from 8th century BC to 4th century AD. The site situated in Sant Kabir Nagar District of Uttar Pradesh was excavated during 2003-2009 by Dr. Alok Kumar Kanungo under the auspices of the Centre for Research and Training in History, Archaeology & Palaeoenvironment, New Delhi, to understand the history of glass in India. Kopia is a pre indo-roman contact ancient glass manufacturing site which produced more variant of coloured bubble free glass manufacturing site which produced more variant of coloured bubble free glass including transparent ones than any other contemporary glass industry. This report contains reports from some of the most established scholars on geomorphology, radiocarbon dating, structure, pottery, terracotta, coin, faunal and floral assemblages, glass, metal objects, stamp, seal & sealing, bead and bangles, and all other cultural findings of Kopia. The main focus has been to understand the ancient Indian technology in gereral and glass in particular. It deals with glass production at Kopia and its distribution throughout Southeast and South Asia in early historic period.

This is for the first time in indian context on an early historic site each rim sherds is incorporated in the pottery analysis and a detailed statistics of pottery starting from sub-shape to shape to wares to layers for each locality are made; micro vertebrates are analysed; 3 AMS radiocarbon dates obtained from four different laboratories; chemical analysis, x-ray diffraction and strontium istope analyese were carried out on 38 glass related artefacts; LA - ICP - MS analysis was performed on 22 glass related artefacts and four agate beads samples; SEM analyses was carried out on 11 stone beads drill's impressions; and one lapis was put into strontium istope analysis. Incorporating all these reports and numerous maps, line drawings, statistics, charts and photographs this report makes an attempt to say the archaeology and history of kopia in as scientific manner as it could be.

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About the author

Alok Kumar Kanungo

Alok Kumar Kanungo, faculty at IIT Gandhinagar and adjunct faculty at Flinders University, specializes in archaeological and ethnographic studies of indigenous and ancient technology. Since the 2000s, Dr Kanungo has travelled and documented the rich heritage of the Nagas of north-east India, and the Bondos and Juangs of Odisha, both in the field and in museums across Europe and the United Kingdom. He has studied and published extensively on the subject of glass- making and working, and written or edited fifteen books and seventy research articles. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including Humboldt, Fulbright, British Academy, Homi Bhabha, SPARC, ICG and ICHR Fellowships. He has lectured in many universities and research institutes in the US, New Zealand, Europe, South-East Asia, besides India.

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Title Glass in Ancient India: Excavations at Kopia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185499462 , 9788185499468
length xv+468p., Illustrations; Some Colopur; Maps; Some Colour; 31cm.