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    इस पुस्तक में 1857 की क्रान्ति को समग्रता के साथ एक नवीन ढंग से कतिपय नवीन तथ्यों के साथ बहुत ही रोचक शैली में सरल सहज एवं सुबोध ढंग से प्रस्तुत किया गया है।

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    1857 ki Kranti by: Brajesh Kumar Shrivastava 300.00

    इस पुस्तक में 1857 की क्रान्ति को समग्रता के साथ एक नवीन ढंग से कतिपय नवीन तथ्यों के साथ प्रस्तुत किया गया है। अजीमुल्ला खाँ एवं रंगोजी बापू ने किस तरह इंग्लैण्ड में क्रान्ति की पूर्व-पीठिका तैयार की? 1857 की क्रान्ति में बैजाबाई सिंधिया की क्या भूमिका थी? नवाब वाज़िद अली साहब के मन्त्री अली नक्की खाँ ने किस प्रकार बैरकपुर छावनी के सैनिकों को क्रान्ति हेतु प्रेरित किया? 1857 की क्रान्ति के आरम्भ में गंगादीन की क्या भूमिका थी? कानपुर का सतीचैरा एवं बीबी घर हत्याकाण्ड एवं झाँसी के झोंकन बाग हत्याकाण्ड में किस तरह अंग्रेज़ मौत के घाट उतारे गए। बेग़म ज़ीनत महल ने किस प्रकार अपने पति बहादुरषाह जफ़र को क्रान्ति का नेतृत्व करने हेतु प्रेरित किया? बेग़म हज़रत महल ने किस प्रकार अपने सहयोगियों के साथ ब्रिटिष सेना के छक्के छुड़ाए? रानी लक्ष्मीबाई ने भारत को अपना देष मानते हुए किस प्रकार सर्वप्रथम स्वराज की बात की एवं टीकमगढ़ की रानी लड़ई सरकार के दीवान नत्थे खाँ के घमण्ड को चूर-चूर किया? जब सागर के किले में 370 अंग्रेज़ स्त्री-पुरुष एवं बच्चों के घिरे होने का समाचार इंग्लैण्ड पहुँचा तो किस प्रकार उन्होंने सर्वश्रेष्ठ सेनापति ब्रिगेडियर जनरल ह्यूरोज़ को इन्हें मुक्त कराने भेजा? षाहगढ़ राजा बखतवली एवं बानपुर राजा मर्दनसिंह ने किस तरह अंग्रेज़ों को अत्यधिक परेषान किया कि वे उनके नाम से काँपने लगे। तात्या टोेपे ने अंग्रेज़ सेनापतियों को किस प्रकार खिजाया? ऐसा क्या हुआ कि अंग्रेज़ों ने रानी लक्ष्मीबाई एवं तात्या टोपे को सर्वश्रेष्ठ वीर होने की संज्ञा दी? किस प्रकार षडयन्त्र द्वारा अंग्रेज़ांे ने तात्या टोपे को पकड़वाया? उक्त समस्त घटना-क्रम को बहुत ही रोचक षैली में सरल सहज एवं सुबोध ढंग से इस पुस्तक में प्रस्तुत किया गया है।

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    A Catalogue of Prehistoric Tools by: D.K. Bhattacharya 1,000.00 900.00

    This monograph ‘A Catalogue of Prehistoric Tools‘ is a unique presentation of a rare and important collection donated by Late Dr. A.P. Khatri to the Indraprastha Museum of Art and Archaeology, New Delhi. The entire collection comprises of thousands of prehistoric tools from different parts of the world including rich river (Narmada, Godavari etc.) valley collection from India.
    A selection of the representative types has been made from most of the sites distributed in four continents of the world namely, Europe, Africa, Asia and America. These tools are included in the catalogue and elaborately described with good line drawings. In some cases notes are also given to place the collection in their proper context. Appendices with relevant information and maps are to highlight the text. Colour photographs of all these tools are illustrated in the plates at the end.
    An introduction ‘A Brief Survey of World Prehistory‘ has been provided as background study.
    The catalogue will enormously benefit the scholars, researchers and students of Prehistoric Archaeology

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    Volume four contains 1344 records on South and Southeast Asia selected out of 1800 records from the ABIA South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology Index database. Volume four has been compiled by the ABIA project team at IGNCA New Delhi. It includes all forms of scholarly publications, ranging from survey works to small but important articles in composite books and journals published in India between 2006 and 2011. Subjects include pre- and protohistory, historical archaeology, ancient art history, modern art history, material culture, epigraphy and palaeography, numismatics and sigillography (seals). The bibliographic descriptions (with the original diacritics), keywords and annotations have made this reference work a reliable guide to recently published scholarly work in the field.

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    ABIA by: Asha Gupta 2,100.00 1,890.00

    Volume four contains 1344 records on South and Southeast Asia selected out of 1800 records from the ABIA South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology Index database. Volume four has been compiled by the ABIA project team at IGNCA New Delhi. It includes all forms of scholarly publications, ranging from survey works to small but important articles in composite books and journals published in India between 2006 and 2011. Subjects include pre- and protohistory, historical archaeology, ancient art history, modern art history, material culture, epigraphy and palaeography, numismatics and sigillography (seals). The bibliographic descriptions (with the original diacritics), keywords and annotations have made this reference work a reliable guide to recently published scholarly work in the field.

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    This research work studies the Acheulian Culture system in India, examining the cultural material of the Acheulian phase in its ecological setting to throw light on the distribution pattern, habitats, Quaternary deposits mammalian and hominid remains, land use and subsistence, site formation process, genesis and chronology of the Acheulian system.

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    Acheulian Culture in Peninsular India by: Raghunath S. Pappu 455.00 410.00

    The Indian sub-continent, particularly the Peninsular India, is recognised as one of the richest areas of Acheulian occupation in the Old World. This research work is a detailed study of the Acheulian Culture system in India — signifying the earliest cultural occupation here. The book examines the cultural material of the Acheulian phase in its ecological setting to throw light on the distribution pattern, nature of habitats, Quaternary deposits, mammalian and hominid remains, land use and subsistence, site formation process, genesis and chronology of the Acheulian cultural system. Incorporating his own field observations over the last three decades and more as well as integrating and synthesising the available data and evidence on Acheulian culture, Dr. R.S. Pappu presents a comprehensive understanding of the Acheulian system and, in general, behavioural patterns of early hunting and food gathering communities. He also provides an account of the progress of Palaeolithic research in India since the first discovery of Palaeolithic settlement by Foote in 1863, tracing the major projects and contributions of noted Indian geo-archaeologists.

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    This book is a study on the cultural developments of Agneya-Kona (the south-east India), where Orissa is the centre, and their contributions to the development of humanity. It studies the rise and spread of different cults and states that the culture of Agneya-Kona was older than the Sumerian Civilization.

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    Agneya-Kona of Bharatavarsha by: Jitamitra Prasad Singh Deo 1,100.00 990.00

    The book focuses on the cultural developments of Agneya-Kona (the south-east India) and their contributions to the development of humanity, and highlights the concocted history of Bharatavarsha, especially of Agneya-Kona.
    The author projects many artefacts to substantiate his theory. Many archaeological findings Þ the pre-historic rock painting of Gudahandi, images of female figurines, along with circular discs, and nude female figurines — are cases in point. Female principle was worshipped in the Mahanadi Valley both in aniconic and iconic forms.
    Agneya-Kona has contributed significantly to the growth of the tantric worship. In the pre-historic rock painting of Gudahandi, there is a trace of Yoga, especially Kundalini Yoga. The book details the spiritual and yogic culture of Orissa, the formative phase of Purushottama Jagannatha culture, the impact of Narasimha culture, yoni tantra traditions of the Central Mahanadi Valley and the spiritual relationship of Kalahandi with Candipur Tara-Pitha of Birbhum.
    A Sumerian temple that imbibed the form of Lord Purushottama Jagannatha is in highlight, and the author makes a strong statement that the culture of the region is older than the Sumerian Civilization.
    The book is a source of inspiration for archaeologists and historians, who want to study more about south-east India, and students, teachers and researchers of arts and culture.

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    The book documents India’s rich tradition of ornamentation as reflected in its numerous and varied collection of amulets and pendants recovered from archaeological excavations in Maharashtra. It examines the different types of amulets and pendants excavated, techniques used in making them, and their parallels in literary and sculptural representations.

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    Amulets and Pendants in Ancient Maharashtra (3rd c. bc to 3rd c. ce) by: Jyotsna Maurya 220.00 198.00

    The book documents India’s rich tradition of ornamentation as reflected in its numerous and varied collection of amulets and pendants recovered from archaeological excavations in Maharashtra. It studies the significance of these ornaments as a visible expression of the artistic excellence and cultural wealth of the ancient Indian civilisation particularly at the time of the great Mauryan and Satvahana dynasties. Discussing the evolution of these portable charms against their socio-economic and religious background, the authoress examines the different types of amulets and pendants excavated, the techniques used in making them, their parallels in literary and sculptural representations, and Buddhist influence on them. Giving insights into the sources of raw materials used in these charms, she takes up in detail the trade relations of a specific site with other contemporary sites. With a number of figures and maps, the work promises to be useful to both scholars and students of Indology focussing on facets of Indian culture.

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    This book is an in-depth study of the people of nomadic groups of Central Asia — notably, the Greeks, the ancient Iranians and Indo-Aryans of the Indian subcontinent — from about 6000 bce to the last millennium bce. It deals with the evolution of cultures, migrations and settlements, myths and legends gods and heroes of the ancient cultures.

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    Ancient Gods and Heroes of East and West by: Marta Vannucci 900.00 810.00

    This book is a study of the people of nomadic groups or clans of Central Asia from about 6000 bce to the last millennium bce to explore why cultures and history developed the way they did in Central Asia by taking up the Indo-European and other settlements — notably, the Greeks, the ancient Iranians and Indo-aryans of the Indian subcontinent — for in-depth study. It deals with the quest for knowledge which led to evolution of cultures from simple primitive life to a society complex in structure, from philosophy to religion. The study of gods and heroes examines stories relating to migration and settlements and the geography of ancient civilizations. It is in this setting that their unique philosophies and religious beliefs flourished, giving rise to belief in numerous gods and heroes. It discusses the myths and legends of the ancient cultures, highlighting names, deeds and events relating to honoured gods and much-praised heroes. Dr Marta Vannucci significantly concludes that both Indo-aryan and Indo-Iranian people had been able to maintain their traditional customs and habits backed by technical developments up to the last centuries bce. Throughout, she bases her observations on reliable information provided by archaeology substantiated by oral and written traditions of Central Asia, Greece and Rome. The volume will be invaluable to scholars of history, anthropology and archaeology who are keen to systematically unravel the obscure origins of the great human civilizational march.

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    Re-dating and re-interpreting Manusmriti, possibly the oldest law work in the world, the book deals with aspects of Ancient India, including Aryan society and culture, castes and guilds, use of technology and related practices in the Indus Valley Civilisation. It also provides a look at other ancient law codes of the then known world and then compares them with the Manusmriti.

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    Ancient History of India by: Charles J. Naegele 500.00 450.00

    This is a fresh look at the history of Ancient India, centering on the Law Code of Manu (Manusmriti / Manu Dharmashastra), and its relationship to Rigveda and its possible relationship to the Indus/Harappan Civilisation of 4000 to 5000 years ago. It also throws light on Aryan society and culture, castes and guilds, use of technology and related practices in the Indus Valley Civilisation.
    Dr. Charles Naegele, a practicing lawyer in Silicon Valley, California, USA, and a lifelong student of classical Indian knowledge, has written a work that will be certain to stir up controversy regarding the re-dating of the Law Code of Manu and the well-documented research concerning almost no possibility of “Aryan Invasion Theory” and the numerous similarities between the text of the Law Code of Manu and the archeological finds from the Indus/Harappan Civilisation.
    Scholars and history buffs, as well as everyone who is proud of Indian heritage will enjoy not only this work, but also his future works.

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    The book deals with the tradition of historiography from the Vedic times to the 12th century ad through a study of Vedic, Epic and Puranic traditions, Buddhist and Jain historiography, ancient dramas and writings of South India. Focusing on biographies, chronicles and vamsavalis, it discusses the social, political and economic conditions in different periods as highlighted by them.

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    Ancient Indian Historiography by: G.P. Singh 1,000.00 900.00

    In ancient India, learning and literature flourished at different levels and concerned almost all broad disciplines of knowledge. One such stream was historiography as we find a rich tradition of history-writing maintained over the centuries. This book examines the evolution of the tradition of historiography from the Vedic times to the 12th century ad, arguing against an oft-held belief that ancient Indians lacked a sense of chronology and history. Here, Dr. G.P. Singh highlights the contributions of ancient India to historiography through a critical study of literary works authored by eminent scholars and writers of the past that contain historical writing. Based on research for over two decades, the work elaborately studies Vedic, Epic and Puranic traditions, Buddhist and Jain historiography, historical references and details in the dramas of Kalidasa and Visakhadatta, and historical writing in South India. It pays special attention to writing of historical biographies, chronicles and vamsavalis. It discusses how various religious and other texts throw light on the political and social fabric of different periods and their economic condition and cultural milieu. It frequently refers to the views of modern scholars on various aspects of the historical writings. It looks into the value of the historical writings, the historical conditions under which they were written and the purpose for which written, their language and style, and their immediate impact and influence on writing in later times.The volume will offer fresh approaches to studying ancient Indian historiography and new bases of research on the subject for historians and scholars.

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    The book examines the affinities and interactions of the peoples who called themselves “Arya”, that is, the Indo-Aryans and the Indo-Iranians with other peoples and nations of the ancient world. Well-researched and with accurate references to time periods this scholarly work should deeply interest scholars and students of history and anthropology.

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    Ancient Movements of Indo-Aryans and Indo-Aranians by: Marta Vannucci 650.00 585.00

    In an attempt to explore the ancient history of Central Asia and of the movement of ancient peoples, the work examines the affinities and interactions of the people who called themselves “Arya,” that is, the Indo-Aryans and the Indo-Iranians, with other peoples and nations of the ancient world, like the Semites, the Hurrians and the Medes. It delves into the processes of acculturation when people of different cultures came in contact with each other at a time that goes back to the very earliest of times (ninth or tenth millennium bce). It examines the movements of the Indo-Aryans and the Indo-Iranians across Asia and their neighbours and active trade partners like the Sumerians, the people of Mesopotamia and the Harappans. It thus throws light on the interactions of the early Indo-Aryans and Indo-Iranians with other flourishing central Asian civilisations of the time. It cites references to ancient traditions that still prevail among peoples in different cultures from different parts of the world, pointing out how these testify to the continuity of ancient traditions and, importantly, the ancient interaction between cultures.
    Well-researched and with accurate references to time periods, this scholarly work will deeply interest scholars and students of history and anthropology concerned with the earliest origin of cultures and cultural interactions.

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    Indian literature abounds in a variety of myths and legends narrating allegorical/historical stories with moral teachings where celestial or semi-celestial beings, in particular the apsarases, occupy an important place. The work examines the origin and development of the institution of apsarases and their characteristics as described in the vast corpus of Vedic, Epic-Puranic and classical works, with a thorough study of the depiction of the legend of the Urvasi and Pururavas.

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    Apsarases in Indian Literature and the Legend of Urvasi and Pururavas by: Krishna Kanta Handique 350.00 315.00

    Indian literature abounds in a variety of myths and legends narrating allegorical/historical stories with moral teachings where celestial or semi-celestial beings, in particular the apsarases, occupy an important place. Of such legends, a few have become much popular and they reappear in the course of the history of literature at various stages. One such legend is that of Urvashi and Pururavas which is one of the most ancient legends of India, owing its origin to the Rigveda. This scholarly work, based on extensive original sources — primary, comprising ancient Sanskrit texts, commentaries and glosses and modern literary pieces, kavyas and plays, as well as critical writings on these original works, studies the origin and development of the institution of apsarases and their characteristics as described in the vast corpus of Vedic, Epic-Puranic and classical works. In this context, it undertakes an interesting survey of the concept of nymphs (apsarases) in Indo-European, especially Greek mythology. Dr. Handique then thoroughly examines the depiction of the legend of Urvashi and Pururavas — a favourite theme that has been immortalised in literary masterpieces in Indian literature as a whole: from the ancient Vedas and Puranas, the Harivamsha and Vikramorvashiyam to modern works like Urvashi Janani and Abhishapta Urvashi and stray poetic pieces. Presenting a new angle to the study, the book attempts to explore aspects of an age old tradition that bears close affinity with the institution of the apsarases in terms of mode of living worship and ideals — like system of the devadasis. The book will prove invaluable to scholars of Indian mythology, culture and literature as well as interest general readers of ancient India’s legends and tales.

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    The work studies the evolution of archaeological research in post-independence India: from the new dimensions added to the ancient Indian past by archaeological research in the initial phase to the present era when the national archaeological policy seems to have lost its direction. It highlights the mileposts in its course of development and explores the traits of third world archaeology.

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    Archaeology in the Third World by: Dilip K. Chakrabarti 1,100.00 990.00

    This book offers an authoritative historical frame of archaeological research in post-Independence India. It outlines the early evolution of the new India’s archaeological policy and the wide range of discoveries, which accompanied it. It shows how in the first flush of Independence archaeological research added new depths and dimensions to the ancient Indian past. It also looks closely at the tangled web of ideas behind this research, highlighting the major mile-posts in its story of development. At the same time it demonstrates with unerring clarity how the national archaeological policy of the 1950s and the 1960s has currently lost its direction. This is accompanied by an incisive analysis of different aspects of Indian heritage management, including the impact of religious fundamentalism, the looting of antiquities and the place of archaeology in Indian education. Finally, there is a detailed discussion on the scope of ‘nationalist archaeology’ in India. One of the core arguments of the book is that the developments and features of post-Independence Indian archaeology may be representative of the archaeological scenario of the Third World as a whole. In fact, this is the first book to set down clearly the basic traits of Third World Archaeology and argue for its acceptance as a separate conceptual area in mainstream archaeology.

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