SindhuSarasvati Civilization: New PerspectivesA Volume in Memory of Dr Shikaripur Ranganatha Rao by: Nalini Rao
In this book eminent archaeologists, philologists, anthropologists and historians re-examine recent research and existing theories upon the nature of the interrelation between the two most ancient prehistoric cultures of the South Asian subcontinent: the Indus (Sindhu) or Harappan Civilization and the Vedic Civilization.
Year Of Publication: 2014
Pages : xii, 664p.
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : Navin Doshi
SindhuSarasvati Civilization: New Perspectives. A Volume in Memory of Dr Shikaripur Ranganatha Rao is a compilation of the papers presented at the International Conference on the SindhuSarasvati Civilization: A Reappraisal held in Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, during 21-22 February 2009. Here, eminent archaeologists, philologists, anthropologists and historians re-examine recent researches and existing theories upon the nature of the interrelation between the two most ancient prehistoric cultures of the South Asian subcontinent: the Indus (Sindhu or Harappan Civilization) and the Vedic Civilization. The scholars touch upon areas of consensus and contentions, with a tentatively conclusive interdisciplinary understanding about the pluralistic culture and shared identity of the two riverine cultures between 3000 and 1500 bce.
They rightly swing the balance of the argument away from the archaic and now exploded Aryan Invasion Theory to the well-grounded Vedic Sarasvati milieu as the home of the Harappan Civilization. Thus it opens a new window to the cultural content of the prehistoric period of the subcontinent.
The eminent personalities that have contributed include Ashok Aklujkar, Shiva G. Bajpai, Giacomo Benedetti, R.S. Bisht, Edwin Bryant, Michel Danino, Subhash Kak, Robin Bradley Kar, Nicholas Kazanas, Mark Jonathan Kenoyer, Prem Kishore Saint, Jim J. Shaffer, Diane A. Lichtenstein, Shrikant Talageri, Lavanya Vamsani as well as Sundara Adiga, S.R. Rao, and Nalini Rao.
This volume is poised to evoke keen interest among archaeologists, researchers, historians and students of history and archaeology.
Foreword Navin Doshi
Introduction Nalini Rao
Something From and About S.R. Rao
1. The Language and Script of the Indus Civilization
2. S.R. Raos Academic Personality: My Reminiscences
3. Dr S.R. Rao As I Knew Him
4. Sarasvati Drowned: Rescuing Her from Scholarly Whirlpools
5. Sapta Sindhusu: The Land of Seven Rivers: A New Interpretation and Its Historical Significance
Shiva G. Bajpai
6. The Chronology of Puranic Kings and Rigvedic Rishis in Comparison with the Phases of the SindhuSarasvati Civilization
7. The Debate on Indo-Aryan Origins: Malleability and Circularity
8. How Harappans Honoured Death at Dholavira
9. New Findings in Harappan Town Planning and Metrology
10. Time, Space and Structure in Ancient India
11. The Riverine-Agricultural Argument for the Indo-European Nature of the Indus Valley Civilization
Robin Bradley Kar
12. Rigveda Pre-dates the SarasvatiSindhu Culture
13. New Perspectives on the Indus Tradition: Contributions from Recent Research at Harappa and Other Sites in Pakistan and India
Jonathan Mark Kenoyer
14. Paleohydrology of the SindhuSarasvati Civilization River Systems
Prem Kishore Saint
15. Settlement Dynamics in Ancient India: Continuity vs. Discontinuity
Jim G. Shaffer and Diane A. Lichtenstein
16. The SindhuSarasvati Civilization alias the Indo-Iranian Civilization
17. Genetic Evidence of Early Human Migrations in the Indian Ocean Region Disproves Aryan Migration/Invasion Theories: An Examination of Small-statured Human Groups of the Indian Ocean Region