A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century

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Pearson Education India, 2008 - History - 677 pages
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Developed as a comprehensive introductory work for scholars and students of ancient and early medieval Indian history, this books provides the most exhaustive overview of the subject. Dividing the vast historical expanse from the stone age to the 12th century into broad chronological units, it constructs profiles of various geographical regions of the subcontinent, weaving together and analysing an unparalleled range of literary and archaeological evidence.
Dealing with prehistory and protohistory of the subcontinent in considerable detail, the narrative of the historical period breaks away from conventional text-based history writing. Providing a window into the world primary sources, it incorporates a large volume of archaeological data, along with literary, epigraphic, and numismatic evidence. Revealing the ways in which our past is constructed, it explains fundamental concepts, and illuminates contemporary debates, discoveries, and research. Situating prevailing historical debates in their contexts, Ancient and Early Medieval India presents balanced assessments, encouraging readers to independently evaluate theories, evidence, and arguments.
Beautifully illustrated with over four hundred photographs, maps, and figures, Ancient and Early Medieval India helps visualize and understand the extraordinarily rich and varied remains of the ancient past of Indian subcontinent. It offers a scholarly and nuanced┐yet lucid┐account of India┐s early past, and will surely transform the discovery of this past into an exciting experience.

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List of photographs
List of maps
List of figures
About the author
Preface
Acknowledgements
A readers guide

1. Understanding Literary and Archaeological Sources
2. Hunter-Gatherers of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Ages
3. The Transition to Food Production: Neolithic,Neolithic┐Chalcolithic, and Chalcolithic Villages, c. 7000┐2000 bce
4. The Harappan Civilization, c. 2600┐1900 bce
5. Cultural Transitions: Images from Texts and Archaeology, c. 2000┐600 bce
6. Cities, Kings, and Renunciants: North India, c. 600┐300 bce
7. Power and Piety: The Maurya Empire, c. 324┐187 bce
8. Interaction and Innovation, c. 200 BCE┐300 ce
9. Aesthetics and Empire, c. 300┐600 ce
10. Emerging Regional Configurations, c. 600┐ 1200 ce
Note on diacritics
Glossary
Further readings
References
Index


Author Bio

Upinder Singhis Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi. She taught history at St. Stephen┐s College, Delhi, from 1981 until 2004, after which she joined the faculty of the Department of History at the University of Delhi. Professor Singh┐s wide range of research interests and expertise include the analysis of ancient and early medieval inscriptions; social and economic history; religious institutions and patronage; history of archaeology; and modern history of ancient monuments. Her research papers have been published in various national and international journals. Her published books include: Kings, Brahmanas, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300┐1147) (1994); Ancient Delhi (1999; 2nd edn., 2006); a book for children, Mysteries of the Past: Archaeological Sites in India (2002); The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology (2004); and Delhi: Ancient History (edited, 2006).

  

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Contents

The ruins ai Bhila
3
Understanding Literary and Archaeological Sources
12
Contents
14
Purana Qila excavations in progress 1954
20
The mound of Hastinapura
36
Preface wii The classification of inscriptions
48
Rati seeds
51
Ideas of the Early Indian a brief history of indian coinage
55
The Maurya Empire c 324187 bce
320
The lion capital of Ashokas Sarnath pillar
321
Ashokas INSCRIPTIONS
326
The Maurya dynasty 3 30
333
Ring wells and storage jar Purana Qila
336
SOME ASPECTS OF RURAL AND URBAN LIFE
339
ASHOKA AND BUDDHISM
349
The Rummindei pillar incription
351

HunterGatherers of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Ages
58
Arun Sonakia
64
Understanding Literary and Archaeological What docs it mean in he human
66
Burin from Mukat Manipur
78
Neolithic Neolithic
94
A pot from Nal Baluchistan
95
The norihwest CONCLUSIONS 181
109
Neolithic stone tools Burzahom
111
THE LIFE OF EARLY FARMERS
128
Female figurine Mehrgarh
130
The Harappan Civilization c 26001900 bce
132
Early Harappan pottery Zangian and Shahi Tump
144
Images from Texts
182
3 Varna in the Rig Veda I
192
RELIGIOUS AND FUNERARY PRACTICES 170 Food nutrition and health among the people of Inamgaon
231
late Jorwe terracotta figurine Inamgaon
235
PGW sherds from various sites
248
CONCLUSIONS
255
North India c 600300 bce
256
NBPW from various sites
261
POLITICAL CONFLICTS AND THE GROWTH
269
LAND AND AGRARIAN EXPANSION
275
The northwest _so
281
URBAN OCCUPATIONS CRAFTS GUILDS AND MONEY
287
GENDER FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD
295
The Jaina understanding of reality
314
Stone sculpture Lohaniganj
364
Interaction and Innovation c 200 bce300 ce
368
Copper coin of Soter Megas
377
The Kushanas Early relief sculpture at Buddhist stupa sites
381
Cities of the northwest
389
CRAFTS AND GUILDS 40 3
403
Aesthetics and Empire c 300600 ce
472
The emergence of Tantra
511
The WORSHIP OF OTHER DEITIES
517
A CLASSICAL AGE OF ART?
526
Sculpture
532
MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE
542
SOURCES LITERARY AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL
548
The far south
557
Emerging Regional Configurations c 6001200
561
Eastern India
564
Kashmir and the northwest
571
The impact of Brahmana settlements on agrarian relations 57
578
URBAN PROCESSES IN EARLY MEDIEVAL INDIA
584
the Alvars and Nayanmars
616
A Note on Diacritics
644
A Note on Diacritics
645
Further Readings
650
References 050
656
Credits
676
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About the author (2008)

Upinder Singh is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi. She taught history at St. Stephen┬┐s College, Delhi, from 1981 until 2004, after which she joined the faculty of the Department of History at the University of Delhi. Professor Singh┬┐s wide range of research interests and expertise include the analysis of ancient and early medieval inscriptions; social and economic history; religious institutions and patronage; history of archaeology; and modern history of ancient monuments. Her research papers have been published in various national and international journals. Her published books include: Kings, Brahmanas, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300┬┐1147) (1994); Ancient Delhi (1999; 2nd edn., 2006); a book for children, Mysteries of the Past: Archaeological Sites in India (2002); The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology (2004); and Delhi: Ancient History (edited, 2006).

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