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Bulletin of the Indian Archaeological Society by: S.P. Gupta , K N Dikshit , K.S. Ramachandran

This, an authorised reprint of an annual bulletin of the Indian Archaeological Society, has been offering valuable informations, full with rich insights and innovative viewpoints, on the Indian archaeology that includes excavations, inscriptions, temples, mosques, iconic symbols, paintings, etc. This yearly bulletin is highly recommended for archaeologists, epigraphists, historians and research scholars besides the general readers having interest in such fields.



ISBN: 9788124602775
Year Of Publication: 2005
Edition: 1st
Pages : viii+112 [+12]
Bibliographic Details : 1 Folded Chart; 14 B/w photos
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
Weight: 525


Puratattva is the annual bulletin of one of the world’s most prestigious academic organization, the Indian Archaeological Society which was founded as early as 1967. From the very beginning, the Society has aimed at publishing the results of the latest archaeological discoveries made in India. Those who have contributed to the journal over the years include not only the eminent archaeologists excavating major sites, like Professors H.D. Sankalia, B.B. Lal, B.P. Sinha, Krishna Deva, A.K. Narain, G.R. Sharma, M.N. Deshpande, B.K. Thapar, S.R. Rao, B.M. Pande, J.P. Joshi, M.C. Joshi, M.S. Nagaraja Rao, A. Sundara, K.N. Dikshit, V.N. Misra, Vibha Tripathi, Rakesh Tiwari, V.S. Wakankar, Giriraj Kishore, K.V. Raman, N.C. Ghosh, K.M. Srivastava, M.A. Dhaky, V.D. Mishra, M.K. Dhavalikar, R.S. Bisht, B.R. Mani, R.C. Agarwal, S.P. Gupta, R.K. Verma, J.N. Pal, U.V. Shinde, Rakesh Tiwari, Alok Tripathi, Amarendra Nath, D.N. Tripathi, Ajith Prasad, K.S. Ramchandran, D.V. Sharma, but also young and budding scholars brimming with new ideas and equipped with new scientific techniques, exploring practically every part of the country and preparing their research works for their Doctoral and post-Doctoral degrees. Scholars from universities and research institutions like the Banaras Hindu University, Madras University, Nagarjuna University, Utkal University, Allahabad University, Patna University, Calcutta University, Mysore University, Baroda University, Kurukshetra University, Rohtak University, Lucknow University, Gorakhpur University, Deccan College, Indian Archaeological Society and the Archaeological Survey of India, the largest body of archeologists in India, to name a few, have been engaged in extensive and intensive field-work in the country. They have been regularly contributing their research-papers to this journal. The subjects covered by these scholars include Stone Age cultures, including Neolithic Culture and the Rock Art, Bronze Age Culture and the Rock Art, Bronze Age Culture of the Harappans found in the Indus and Saraswati basins, Chalcolithinc cultures found in the Deccan, Malwa, Maharashtra, Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, and Early Iron Age cultures, including the Megalithic Culture, throughout India. They also include topics like Underwater Archaeology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Art, Architecture, Conservation of Monuments, Antiquarian Laws and International Conventions. Puratattva also contains Notes and News, Book Reviews and dialogues between scholars on various issues. So far as many as 34 volumes have been published which provide a mine of information, without referring to which no worthwhile research-work on Indian history and archaeology is at all possible. The articles include even those presented in the Annual Conferences of the Society. This is precisely the reason the Puratattva is consulted throughout the world to gather details on the progress of Indian archaeology and insights on Indian history and culture. It is indeed of permanent value for all scholars and all libraries in India and abroad.


Archaeology and the Ramayana or Dating the Ramayana
— H.D. Sankalia
Inter-relations between Archaeology and Plant Sciences
— Vishnu-Mittre
A Further Note on the Direction of Writing in the Harappan Script
— B.B. Lal
Proto-historic Chronology and Technological and Ecological Factors : A Synthesis
— D.P. Agrawal
The Changing Face of Archaeological Studies
— K.V. Soundara Rajan
Burial Practices in the Neolithic cultures of South India
— Purushottam Singh
A New Painted Pottery from Vidarbha
— S.B. Deo
The Use of Terms ‘Prehistory’ and ‘Protohistory’ in Indian Archaeology
— K.K. Sinha
A Note on the Chemical Composition of Some Glass Beads from Rajghat, Varanasi
— H.C. Bhardwaj
A Relationship between the Chal-colithic Culture of India and the Chust Culture of the Farghana Valley, U.S.S.R.
— S.P. Gupta
Alam-girpur and the Iron Age in India
— O.P. Tandon
Typology in Prehistory
— P.C. Pant
Patapadu Revisited : A New Painted Pottery Culture of South-East India
— I. Karthikeya Sarma
Sankhu Buddha
— Balram Srivastava
Two Early Stone Age Sites on River Son in District Bilaspur, M.P.
— Nisar Ahmad
A Clay Tablet in Lucknow Museum : An Artistic and Religious study
— Kiran Kumar Thaplyal
An Episode from Ramayana on a Terracotta Panel
— Surendra Kumar Srivastava
A Prehistoric Bronze Anthropomorph in the Patna Museum and its Identification
— Prithvi Kumar Agrawala
The Tribal Deity of the Vishanins
— Deenabandhu Pandey
A Microlithic Site from Shahabad District, Bihar
— Bhupendra Pal Singh
Book Reviews

Meet the Author
Dr. S.P. Gupta, Ph.D., D. Litt. presently Chairman, Indian Archaeological Society, New Delhi, is a specialist in field archaeology and art history who has been awarded several gold medals besides the Sir Mortimer Wheeler Prize for excellence in archaeology. He has worked and lectured in more than 30 countries of the world. He has authored a number of books including Disposal of the Dead and Physical Types in Ancient India (1971), Tourism, Museums and Monuments (1975), Archaeology of Soviet Central Asia and the Indian Borderlands -- two volumes (1978), The Roots of Indian Art (1980) -- the French edition of which was published in 1990, and Elements of Indian Art (2002). He has also edited many books and published about 50 articles in various journals and books.