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

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Pearson Education India, 2008 - Excavations (Archaeology) - 677 pages
A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India is the most comprehensive textbook yet for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It introduces students to original sources such as ancient texts, artefacts, inscriptions and coins, illustrating how historians construct history on their basis. Its clear and balanced explanation of concepts and historical debates enables students to independently evaluate evidence, arguments and theories. This remarkable textbook allows the reader to visualize and understand the rich and varied remains of India s ancient past, transforming the process of discovering that past into an exciting experience.
 

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Contents

Ideas of the Early Indian Past
2
The ruins at Bhita
3
Understanding Literary and Archaeological Sources
12
THE RAMAYANA AND MAHABHARATA
18
Purana Qila excavations in progress 1954
20
JAINA LITERATURE
26
THE ACCOUNTS OF FOREIGN WRITERS
32
The mound of Hastinapura
36
PGW sherds from various sites
248
North India C 600300 BCE
256
NBPW from various sites
261
Excavated section Hastinapura
281
The Maurya Empire C 324187 BCE
320
The lion capital of Ashokas Sarnath pillar
321
Ring wells and storage jar Purana Qila
336
GENDER FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD 295
350

INTERPRETING ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE
39
Ratti seeds
51
HunterGatherers of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Ages
58
Arun Sonakia
64
Burin from Mukat Manipur
78
Neolithic Neolithic
94
A pot from Nal Baluchistan
95
Neolithic stone tools Burzahom
111
Female figurine Mehrgarh
130
The Harappan Civilization c 26001900 BCE
132
THE SIGNIFICANCE
138
Early Harappan pottery Zangian and Shahi Tump
144
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EARLY AND MATURE
145
THE DIVERSITY OF THE HARAPPAN SUBSISTENCE BASE
156
RELIGIOUS AND FUNERARY PRACTICES
170
Images from Texts
182
late Jorwe terracotta figurine Inamgaon
235
The Rummindei pillar incription
351
Stone sculpture Lohaniganj
364
Interaction and Innovation c 200 BCE300 CE
368
THE SHAKAPAHLAVAS OR SCYTHOPARTHIANS
375
Copper coin of Soter Megas
377
THE SATAVAHANA EMPIRE IN THE DECCAN
381
VILLAGES AND CITIES
388
CENTRAL AND WESTERN INDIA
396
Aesthetics and Empire C 300600 CE
472
Emerging Regional Configurations C 6001200 CE
546
THE ALVARS AND NAYANMARS
616
A Note on Diacritics
644
Further Readings
650
References
656
Index
667
Credits
676
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