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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: 9788124602843
Year Of Publication: 2005
Edition: 1st
Pages : v, 201 [+16]
Bibliographic Details : 1 Folded Chart; 42 B/w photos
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 29 cm.
Weight: 950


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.


Metrical Analysis of Handaxes from Chirki-on-Pravara
— R.V. Joshi
The Acheulian Industry of Rock Shelter III F-23 at Bhimbetka, Central India : a Preliminary Study
— V.N. Mishra
Use of Caliche as a Chronological and Environmental Tool in the Study of Late Quaternary Formations in Gujarat and Rajasthan
— K.T.M. Hegde
Settlement Archaeology of Inamgaon
— M.K. Dhavalikar
Ancient Plant Economy at Inamgaon
— Vishnu-Mittre and R. Savithri
The Later Vedic Phase and the Painted Grey Ware Culture
— R.S. Sharma
Indian Archaeology and the Epic Tradition
— B.D. Chattopadhyaya
Prehistoric Colonization in India : Archaeological and Literary Evidence
— H.D. Sankalia
Puranic Lineages and Archaeological Cultures
— Romila Thapar
Archaeology and Indian Tradition : Some Observations
— M.C. Joshi
Harappan and Rigvedic Inter-relations
— Malti J. Shendge
Archaeology and Tamil Literary Tradition
— R. Champakalakshmi
At Random
— A. Ghosh
Problems of Indian Archaeology : Planning Ahead
— B.B. Lal
Technology and Social Change in Early Indian History : a Note Posing a Theoretical Question
— Niharranjan Ray
Ancient Gold workings : Some New 14C Dates
— D.P. Agrawal and C. Margabandhu
Comments on Subsistence Pattern of an Early Farming Community of Western India
— Y.M. Chitalwala
A Note on the Antiquity of Seal
— P.K. Agrawal
Origin of the Form of Harappan Culture : a New Proposition
— S.P. Gupta
A Note on Cross Contacts of Vedic India with West Asia and Iran
— S.B. Roy
Bibliographical Aids for the Study of the Indus Civilization : a Critical Survey
— Asko Parpola
Inscribed Harappan Material from Kalibangan : Some Remarks on Methodology and Approach
— B.M. Pande
On the Conquest of Meluhha by Rimus, 2315-2307 ab : a Hypothesis
— H. Sarkar
Reserved Slip Ware in the Harappan Context
— Dilip K. Chakarabarti
A Channel Spouted Vessel from Hissar
— Parveen Mogordam and Dilip Chakrabarti
The Heliodorus Pilar at Besanagar
— John Irwin
— M.D. Khare
A Note on the Excavation at Bhagwanpura
— J.P. Joshi
A Note on the Excavation at Virbhadra
— N.C. Ghosh and R.P. Sharma
Fallacies of Archaeological Interpretation
— A.M. Thakkar
Sociological Framework for Archaeological Research
— Gopala Sarana
Greek or Yavana Donors in Ancient India
— S.D. Dogra
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.