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Sindhu–Sarasvati Civilization: New Perspectives

A 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.

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ISBN: 9788124607435
Year Of Publication: 2014
Edition: 1st
Pages : xii, 664p.
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Foreword By : Navin Doshi
Size: 29
Weight: 2170

Overview

Sindhu–Sarasvati 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 Sindhu–Sarasvati 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.

Contents

Foreword – Navin Doshi
Preface
Introduction — Nalini Rao
Abstracts
Part I
Something From and About S.R. Rao
1. The Language and Script of the Indus Civilization
— S.R. Rao
2. S.R. Rao’s Academic Personality: My Reminiscences
— Sundara Adiga
3. Dr S.R. Rao As I Knew Him
— Nalini Rao
Part II
Articles
4. Sarasvati Drowned: Rescuing Her from Scholarly Whirlpools
— Ashok Aklujkar
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 Sindhu–Sarasvati Civilization
— Giacomo Benedetti
7. The Debate on Indo-Aryan Origins: Malleability and Circularity
— Edwin Bryant
8. How Harappans Honoured Death at Dholavira
— R.S. Bisht
9. New Findings in Harappan Town Planning and Metrology
— Michel Danino
10. Time, Space and Structure in Ancient India
— Subhash Kak
11. The Riverine-Agricultural Argument for the Indo-European Nature of the Indus Valley Civilization
— Robin Bradley Kar
12. Rigveda Pre-dates the Sarasvati–Sindhu Culture
— Nicholas Kazanas
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 Sindhu–Sarasvati Civilization River Systems
— Prem Kishore Saint
15. Settlement Dynamics in Ancient India: Continuity vs. Discontinuity
— Jim G. Shaffer and Diane A. Lichtenstein
16. The Sindhu–Sarasvati Civilization alias the Indo-Iranian Civilization
— Shrikant Talageri
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
— Lavanya Vamsani
Contributors
Index

Meet the Author
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Nalini N. Rao, Ph.D. in Art History (UCLA) and Ph.D. in Ancient History and Archaeology (University of Mysore) is Professor of World Art in Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA, USA. She is the author of many books, some of which include Royal Imagery and Networks of Power at Vijayanagara: A Study of Kingship in South India (2010), Sangama: A Confluence of Art and Culture during the Vijayanagara Period (ed. N. Rao 2005), Contours of Modernity: An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art (N. Rao and Debashish Banerji, 2005), Boundaries and Transformations: Masterworks of Indian and South East Asian Sculptures from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. William Price (1997), Belur (1979, 1990), and Sravanabelagola (1980). She is the Chairperson of Dr. S.R. Rao Foundation for Indian Archaeology, Art and Culture. www.srraofoundation.org
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