The Vijayanagara Metropolitan Survey, Volume 1
Vijayanagara, the "City of Victory,┐ was the capital of South India┐s largest and most successful pre-colonial empire from c. AD 1330-1565. This richly-illustrated volume reports on the results of a ten-year systematic regional archaeological survey in the hinterland or ┐metropolitan region┐ of this vast and well-preserved urban site. Detailed information is presented on the 380 sites documented in the first three seasons of fieldwork. Additional chapters place Vijayanagara in its broader regional and historical context and provide an overview of settlement, economy, and land-use in the city┐s c. 650 sq km metropolitan region; present in detail the methodology employed in South India┐s first systematic regional survey; and describe the artifacts recovered.
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Vijayanagara in Regional Context
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50 g ceramics abuts agricultural fields angular debris antechamber artifact scatter artifacts recovered associated basalt black plain ware Block bowls brown plain ware canal carved ceramic scatter chert city wall cobbles collection columns consists constructed courses density Description Diagnostics Dimensions east east-west edge face Feature Figure flakes fragments Ganesha gate granite Hanuman Illustrations inset irrigated jars Kamalapuram lingam Lithics located mandapa masonry metropolitan region military/fortification modern molding mound Nandi north-south northeast northwest oriented outcrop hill outcropping boulders plaster Plate platform Present Land Use/Disturbances Primary Site quartz quartzite recent rectangular red plain ware References religious residential road rock shelter sanctuary sculpted sculpture Setting settlement Shaivite sheet rock sherds shrine side Sinopoli and Morrison Site Description Site Dimensions slabs sluice soil southeast square stepped structure surface temple complex Temporal Affiliation terrace system Transect 2 Unit Unknown unmodified stones urban core vessels Vijayanagara period visible