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Puratattva (Vol. 36: 2005-06)

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.

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ISBN: 9788124607893
Year Of Publication: 2006
Edition: 1st
Pages : xii, 313 [+40]
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: Indian Archaeological Society
Size: 29 cm.
Weight: 1375

Overview

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.

Contents

Editorial
Felicitations to Shri M.N. Deshpande
Articles
1. Archaeological Theory: A Perspective from outside the Western Academy
— Nayanjot Lahiri
2. Interpretation in Indian Stone Age Archaeology: A Reappraisal
— D.K. Bhattacharya
3. Aryan Agro-Pastoralists in the Ganga Valley
— M.K. Dhavalikar
4. The Interaction Networks of Pre/Early-Harappan Gujarat
— Shweta Sinha-Deshpande
5. Bhirrana Excavation-2005-06
— L.S. Rao, Nandini B. Sahu, U.A. Shastry, Prabash Sahu and Samir Diwan
6. Interpreting Rock Art
— Urmi Ghosh and V.H. Sonawane
7. The Harappan Spoked Wheels Rattled Down the Streets of Bhirrana, Dist. Fatehabad, Haryana
— L.S. Rao
8.Further Excavations at Lahuradewa, District Sant Kabir Nagar (U.P.) 2005-06: Preliminary Observations
— Rakesh Tewari, R.K. Srivastava, K.K. Singh and K.S. Saraswat
9.Excavations at Abhaipur 2005-06, District Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh
— Anup Mishra and U.P. Arora
10. Excavations at Ramnagar: Discovery of a Supporting Settlement of Ancient Varanasi
— Vidula Jayaswal and Manoj Kumar
11. Anai: A Settlement in the Varuna Region
— Vibha Tripathi and Prabhakar Upadhyay
12. Excavation at Kopia 2006: A Preliminary Report
— A.K. Kanungo
13. The Copper Hoard Culture of the Indo-Gangetic Plains: A Mystery Unravelled
–S. Vijayakumar
14. An Archaeological Study along the Damodar-Ajay Interfluve in West Bengal (Circa AD Ninth to Fifteenth Centuries)
— R.K. Chattopadhyay, Rajat Sanyal and Sharmila Saha
15. A Group of Temples at Kalna
— S.S. Biswas
16. Evidence of Dental Palaeopathology and Diagenesis in the A.P. Khatri Collection of Fossil Vertebrates in the Indraprastha Museum, New Delhi
— Vijay Sathe
17. Genetics and the Aryan Debate
— Michel Danino
18. On Perceiving Aryan Migrations in Vedic Ritual Texts
–Vishal Agarwal
19. Excavations at Sanauli 2005-06: A Harappan Necropolis in the Upper Ganga-Yamuna Doab
— D.V. Sharma, K.C. Nauriyal and V.N. Prabhakar
20. Materials and Techniques of Wall Paintings of Rajasthan
— Om Prakash Agarwal and Rashmi Pathak
21. Course of Vedic River Saraswati as Deciphered from Latest Satellite Data
— J.R. Sharma, A.K. Gupta and B.K. Bhadra
Notes and News
Book Reviews
Report
Society’s Activities
Balance Sheet
Office Bearers
Board of Management
Plates

Meet the Author
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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.
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