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Prehistory and Protohistory of India

An Appraisal : Palaeolithic -- Non-Harappan Chalcolithic Cultures

Fresh excavations, new dating techniques and ever-growing conceptual frameworks since 1950 have greatly reshaped our perspective on Prehistory and Protohistory of the Indian subcontinent. This monograph, which is primarily aime....read below

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Fresh excavations, new dating techniques and ever-growing conceptual frameworks since 1950 have greatly reshaped our perspective on Prehistory and Protohistory of the Indian subcontinent. This monograph, which is primarily aimed to serve as a starter for the undergraduate and postgraduate students, presents, in a concise but comprehensive manner, a syncretic view of the latest information on various aspects such as tools and technologies, settlement and subsistence patterns, ecological background and distributional configuration in respect of the Stone Age and the Chalcolithic Cultures outside the Harappan Zone. The Megalithic Cultures of peninsular India and the Deccan too find a place in the book. A glossary of the terms used frequently in archaeology as well as maps, line-drawings and explanatory notes on individual sites add further value to the text.

  • Foreword By : D.N. Jha
  • Binding: : Paperback
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124603734
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124603731
  • Edition : 2nd Impression
  • Year : 2014
  • Pages : xvii, 213p.
  • Bibliographic Details : 13 Maps and line drawings; Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 350 gm

Foreword
Preface
List of Maps and Figures

1. Introduction

What is Prehistory?
Environmental Factors
Human Evolution and Indian Prehistory
Scientific Dating and Related Techniques
New Theoretical Perspectives

2. Indian Archaeological Studies During the Last Five Decades and their Significance
3. Palaeolithic Cultures

Introduction
Chronology
Tools and Technologies
Spread and Distribution of Palaeolithic Sites
Settlement and Subsistence Pattern
Conclusion

4. Mesolithic Cultures

Introduction
Salient Features
Regional Distribution
Tools and Technologies
Material Culture and Subsistence Pattern
Conclusion
Rock Art

5. Neolithic Cultures

Introduction
Characteristic Features
Chronological and Distributional Pattern
Conclusion

6. Non-Harappan Chalcolithic Cultures

Introduction
Cultures Outside the Harappan Zone
Settlement System
Subsistence Pattern
Tools and Technologies
Trade Contacts
Religious Beliefs and Practices
Conclusion
Copper-Hoard Cultures

Appendices
Appendix I
: Megalithic Cultures (Peninsular India and the Deccan c. 1000 BC - 300 BC)

Introduction
Distribution of the Megalithic Monuments and their Structural Forms
Chronology
Material Culture
Subsistence Economy
Conclusion

Appendix II : Prominent Sites

Adamgarh, Adichanallur, Ahar, Anagwadi, Attirampakkam or Attiramabakkam, Baghor, Bagor, Belan Valley, Bhimbetka, Brahmagiri, Budihal, Burzahom, Chirand, Chopani-Mando, Damdama, Daojali Hading, Didwana, Gilund, Gufkral, Hallur, Hunsgi, Inamgaon, Jakhera, Jodhpura, Jorwe, Kayatha, Koldihwa, Kuchai, Kupgal or Kupgallu, Langhnaj, Mahadaha, Mahagara, Mahisdal, Mahurjhari, Maski, Mehrgarh, Naikund, Navadatoli, Nevasa, Noh, Paisra, Paiyampalli, Pandu Rajar Dhibi, Piklihal, Sanaganakallu, Sarai Nahar Rai, Savalda, Takalghata, Tekkalakota, Utnur, Watgal

Glossary
Bibliography and References
Index

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