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Archaeology as History in Early South Asia

Price : $69.75
ISBN # : 9788173052705
Author : Himanshu Prabha Ray & Carla M. Sinopoli
pages: 512
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Aryan Books International
Published : 2004

This volume fulfills a long-felt need in South Asian studies by initiating an inter-disciplinary dialogue between archaeology and history. It challenges traditional assumptions derived from text-based archaeology dating to the Alexender Cunningham era and reexamines the role of archives, monumental architecture and artifacts in the reconstruction of the past. The first section draws attention to two emerging trends in the study of the past, one, the use of archival data for a study of the history of archaeology in South Asia, and two, the question of representation and public archaeology. The second section discusses scientific methods and techniques that have been significant in recent years in providing inputs to questions of chronology and sourcing of metal objects. Recent research stresses the identification of general patterns of human behavior and their material consequences, which may be recognizable in the third section on Ethno-archaeology. The issue of multivocality of religious structures and negotiations in the fourth section, while the final section discusses Gender Archaeology and indicates archaeological constructs in an analysis of the theme. The volume thus endorses an active involvement between Archaeology and History. It is hoped that this will then lead to increased inputs in the study and practice of archaeology.

Author Bio: Himanshu Prabha Ray is Associate Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru Unversity, where she has taught since 1980. Her publications include Monestry and Guild: Commerce under the Satavahanas; Oxford University Press, 1986; The Winds of Change: Buddhism and the Maritime Links of Early South Asia, Oxford University Press, 1994 (reissued as Oxford India Paperbacks, 1998); The archaeology of Seafearing to Ancient South Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2003. In 1996, she jointly edited with Jean Francois Salles A volume titled, Tradition and Archaeology: Early Maritime Contacts in the Indian Ocean, Manohar, 1996. Another volume, Archaeology of Seafearing: The Indian Ocean to the Ancient Period, was published in the Indian Council of Historical Research Monograph Series I, New Delhi, 1999. Carla M. Sinopoli is Professor, Department of Anthropology and Curator of Asian Archaeology, Museum of Anthroplogy, University of Michigen. Her publications include approaches to Archaeological Ceramics, Plenum Press, New York - London, 1991; Pots and Palaces: The Earthenware Ceramics of the Noblemen's Quarter of Vijaynagara, Manohar, 1993; The Political Economy of Crafts Production: Crafting Empire in India, Cambridge University Press, 2003. She has also been edited The Archaeological Correlates of Hunter Gatherer Societies (with F. Smiley et al.), 1980 and Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History (with Susan E. Alcock etal.), Cambridge University Press, 2001. Cover Illustration Terracotta Figurine from Ter, Maharashtra.(Courtesy Prof. M.N. Deshpande)

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Thursday 11 August, 2011.

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