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Central Narmada Valley

A Study in Quaternary Palaeontology and Allied Aspects by: G.L. Badam

The book is the first attempt at studying a small stretch of the Narmada Valley from a multidisciplinary point of view incorporating the results of archaeology, geology, palaeontology and taphonomy. The modern analogies attempt to build up a palaeoecological model for Narmada and its surrounding areas including the rock shelter sites.

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ISBN: 9788124604250
Year Of Publication: 2007
Edition: 1st
Pages : xxviii, 210
Bibliographic Details : 79 coloured photos; 25 b/w photographs; Appedices; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 29 cm.
Weight: 1000 gm.

Overview

The book The Central Narmada Valley: A Study in Quaternary Palaeontology and Allied Aspects is the first attempt at studying a small stretch of the valley from a multidisciplinary point of view incorporating the results of archaeology, geology, palaeontology and taphonomy. New techniques and parameters have been applied to study and re-interpret these areas. This book also summarizes the morphology, distribution pattern and evolutionary history of certain extinct animals in relation to cultural development. With the help of modern analogies, the book attempts to build up a palaeoecological model for Narmada and its surrounding areas including some of the rock shelter sites. The book extends the dimensions of understanding the life history of Narmada and its tributaries, not only by discovering and reinterpreting various biological and cultural events, but also by seeking to understand varied aspects like river behaviour, flood history and man-land relationship during the past. The book should prove useful to students and researchers of river valley cultures in general and to those of Narmada Valley in particular.

Contents

Foreword
From the Desk of the Director
Preface
Transliteration Chart
List of Plates
List of Figures
1. Introduction
2. General Account and Geology
3. Lithostratigraphy of the Alluvium
4. Faunal Material
5. Systematic Palaeontology
6. Fossils and Taphonomy
7. Taphonomy and Palaeoecology
8. Age of the Narmada Alluvium
9. Concluding Remarks
Appendices
Appendix I : Microvertebrates
Appendix II : Molluscan Shells
Appendix III : Soil Chemical Analysis
Appendix IV : Animal Depictions in Rock Art and Palaeoecology
Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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Dr Gyani Lal Badam, a leading quaternary geologist and palaeontologist in India has got vast experience of excavating and studying various palaeontological sites through the length and breath of the country. After obtaining his PhD degree on the Siwaliks of N-W India from the Panjab University, Chandigarh, he moved on to establish the discipline of palaeontology at the renowned Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, Pune, where his academic interests got diversified to various river valleys in Central and Peninsular India. Dr Badam’s work is recognized both by the national and international scientific community. He has pioneered research on taphonomy in India in the last couple of decades. He was a Fullbright Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Oregon, USA in 1984 and a visiting fellow to many Institutions abroad. After a tenure at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, and the Dept. of Culture and Archaeology, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Raipur, Dr Badam is presently assisting the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi to establish nexus between natural and social sciences and is providing scientific inputs in cultural informatics.
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