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Archeaology of Bet Dwarka Island

Price : $84.75
ISBN # : 9788173052989
Author : A.S. Gaur, Sundaresh & K.H. Vora
pages: 146
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Aryan Books International
Published : 2007

The book incorporates archaeological findings, both from land and under-water explorations, carried out at Bet Dwarka by the Marine Archaeology Centre of the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa. Bet Dwarka is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Okhamandal region of Gujarat as it has preserved the longest cultural sequence, commencing from protohistoric period to modern times. The time bracket of archaeological remains have been well supported by the scientific dates such as Carbon14, AMS and Thermoluminescence. Other important scientific aspects discussed in the book are analysis of bones, palynological studies, impact of seismic activities and sea level changes of the study area. The book begins with an introduction to the geological, geographic, archaeological and environmental background of the region and then devotes a chapter to chronology, dealing with cultural and scientific dates from the site. Planning and layout of trenches and cultural findings and identification of layers have been described in a separate chapter. A full chapter has been devoted to antiquities discovered during the excavation which includes beads of terracotta, shell, glass, stone and fish bone, copper objects, coins, shell bangles and iron objects. Another chapter comprises of the detailed description of the pottery of the protohistoric and historical period. The concluding chapter deals with the shell remains from the island of Bet Dwarka. It is hoped that the book will help in understanding the maritime activities of the Okhamandal region and the cultural sequence of the Bet Dwarka island. Profusely illustrated with maps, line drawings and plates, the book will interest the general reader and will be immensely useful for the students and scholars of archaeology.

Author Bio: Dr. A.S. Gaur, a Marine Archaeologist, working in National Institute of Oceanography, Goa since 1988, has participated in marine archaeological expeditions to Dwarka, Bet Dwarka, Somnath, Porbandar, Lakshadweep, Poompuhar, and Mahabalipuram. He has authored a book Harappan Maritime Legacies of Gujarat (2000) and several research articles (more than 70) in reputed scientific and archaeological journals. He has directed land excavations at Bet Dwarka (2001-02) and Porbandar (2004-05). Shri Sundaresh, a Marine Archaeologist working in National Institute of Oceanography since 1989. He has carried out underwater investigations at Dwarka, Bet Dwarka and Somnath as a principal investigator and at Poompuhar as a co-investigator. He has participated in all the underwater investigations along the Indian coast for the study of submerged ports and shipwrecks and also in an international expedition for the study of submerged structures in Japan waters. He has more than 40 research papers to his credit. Presently he is working on coastal archaeology and shipwrecks on south Indian coast. Shri K.H. Vora, a Marine Geologist, joined the National Institute of Oceanography in 1977. Initially, part of team, which carried out offshore engineering surveys using acoustical sensors; he subsequently also surveyed western shelf of India, mainly to study marine geomorphology and paleao-oceanography. This experience enabled him to carry out marine archaeological investigations using geophysical methods off Poompuhar in 1981 and off Dwarka in 1989. Since 1991 he is looking after activities in the field of Marine Archaeology at NIO.

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