A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century

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Pearson Education India, 2008 - India - 677 pages
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Developed as a comprehensive introductory work for scholars and students of ancient and early medieval Indian history, this books provides the most exhaustive overview of the subject. Dividing the vast historical expanse from the stone age to the 12th century into broad chronological units, it constructs profiles of various geographical regions of the subcontinent, weaving together and analysing an unparalleled range of literary and archaeological evidence. Dealing with prehistory and protohistory of the subcontinent in considerable detail, the narrative of the historical period breaks away from conventional text-based history writing. Providing a window into the world primary sources, it incorporates a large volume of archaeological data, along with literary, epigraphic, and numismatic evidence. Revealing the ways in which our past is constructed, it explains fundamental concepts, and illuminates contemporary debates, discoveries, and research. Situating prevailing historical debates in their contexts, Ancient and Early Medieval India presents balanced assessments, encouraging readers to independently evaluate theories, evidence, and arguments. Beautifully illustrated with over four hundred photographs, maps, and figures, Ancient and Early Medieval India helps visualize and understand the extraordinarily rich and varied remains of the ancient past of Indian subcontinent. It offers a scholarly and nuanced, yet lucid, account of India's early past, and will surely transform the discovery of this past into an exciting experience.
  

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Contents

Ideas of the Early Indian Past
2
The ruins at Bhita
3
NEW HISTORIES UNWRITTEN HISTORIES
9
Understanding Literary and Archaeological Sources
12
language genre
16
Purana Qila excavations in progress 1954
20
The Dharmashastra
22
Early Kannada and Telugu literature
29
The Maurya Empire c 324187 bce
320
The lion capital of Ashokas Sarnath pillar
321
Ashokas INSCRIPTIONS
326
LITERARY AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROFILES OF CITIES
334
Ring wells and storage jar Purana Qila
336
THE NATURE AND STRUCTURE OF THE MAURYA EMPIRE
340
ASHOKA AND BUDDHISM
349
The Rummindei pillar incription
351

The mound of Hastinapura
36
Scientific techniques in archaeology
37
Languages of ancient and early medieval inscriptions
43
Ratti seeds
51
HunterGatherers of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Ages
58
Arun Sonakia
64
Burin from Mukat Manipur
78
Microliths 8 3
82
Neolithic Neolithic
94
A pot from Nal Baluchistan
95
Neolithic stone tools Burzahom
111
Female figurine Mehrgarh
130
The Harappan Civilization c 26001900 bce
132
THE SIGNIFICANCE
138
Early Harappan pottery Zangian and Shahi Tump
144
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EARLY AND MATURE
145
THE DIVERSITY OF THE HARAPPAN SUBSISTENCE BASE
156
RELIGIOUS AND FUNERARY PRACTICES
170
Images from Texts
182
The historical milieu of later Vedic age texts
198
ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROFILES OF DIFFERENT REGIONS
211
late Jorwe terracotta figurine Inamgaon
235
PGW sherds from various sites
248
CONCLUSIONS
255
North India c 600300 bce
257
NBPW from various sites
261
POLITICAL CONFLICTS AND THE GROWTH
269
THE EXAMPLE
276
Excavated section Hastinapura
281
The middle and lower Ganga valley
283
CLASS KINSHIP VARNA AND CASTE
291
The Jaina understanding of reality
314
Stone sculpture Lohaniganj
364
Interaction and Innovation c 200 bce300 ce
368
The ShakaPah lavas or ScythoParthians
375
Copper coin of Soter Megas
377
THE SATAVAHANA EMPIRE IN THE DECCAN
381
VILLAGES AND CITIES
388
Central and western India
396
CRAFTS AND GUILDS
403
IndoRoman trade
412
ASPECTS OF SOCIAL CHANGE IN NORTH INDIA AND
418
RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE AND SCULPTURE
445
The Jaina caves at Udayagiri and Khandagiri
460
The patronage of religious establishments
467
Aesthetics and Empire c 300600 ce
472
THE ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE OF THE GUPTA
485
TYPES OF LAND LAND MEASURES AND LAND TENURE
493
CRAFT PRODUCTION GUILDS AND TRADE
500
A CLASSICAL AGE OF ART?
526
Sculpture
532
MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE
542
Emerging Regional Configurations c 6001200 ce
546
SOURCES LITERARY AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL
548
The far south
557
Eastern India
564
Kashmir and the northwest
571
The impact of Brahmana settlements on agrarian relations
578
A Note on Diacritics
644
Further Readings
650
References
656
Index
667
Credits
676
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