A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century
A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India is the most comprehensive textbook yet for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It introduces students to original sources such as ancient texts, artefacts, inscriptions and coins, illustrating how historians construct history on their basis. Its clear and balanced explanation of concepts and historical debates enables students to independently evaluate evidence, arguments and theories. This remarkable textbook allows the reader to visualize and understand the rich and varied remains of India s ancient past, transforming the process of discovering that past into an exciting experience.
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Ideas of the Early Indian Past
Understanding Literary and Archaeological Sources
HunterGatherers of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Ages
The Transition to Food Production Neolithic NeolithicChalcolithic and Chalcolithic Villages c 70002000 BCE
The Harappan Civilization c 26001900 BCE
Cultural Transitions Images from Texts and Archaeology c 2000600 BCE
Cities Kings and Renunciants North India c 600300 BCE
Power and Piety The Maurya Empire c 324187 BCE
Interaction and Innovation c 200 BCE300 CE
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2nd century ancient animals archaeological artefacts Arthashastra Ashoka Ashoka’s associated beads belonging bones Brahmana Brahmi Buddha Buddhist burials carved cattle cave centre century BCE Chola coins copper culture dates Deccan deities described dhamma district dynasty early medieval evidence excavations figurines Ganga valley gifts goddess guild Gujarat Gupta Harappan phase identified images important included indicate inscriptions instance iron Jaina Karnataka king known Krishna Kushana land large number late Harappan later levels Mathura Maurya megalithic mentioned mesolithic microliths Mohenjodaro monks mound Nagarjunakonda named NBPW neolithic palaeolithic Pallava period pillar political pots pottery Pradesh Puranas Rajasthan refers reign religious remains Rig Veda RIMARY S OURCES rituals river royal rulers sangha Sanskrit Satavahana script sculptures seals settlements Shiva shrines Smriti social sources South India stone tools structures stupa subcontinent suggests Tamil temple terracotta texts tion trade tradition urban Vakataka various varna Vedic village Vishnu women worship Xuanzang