Source-book of Indian Archaeology, Vol. III
Human Remains, Prehistoric Roots of Religious
Beliefs, First Steps in Historical Archaeology:
Sculpture, Architecture, Coins & Inscriptions

Edited By F.R. Allchin & Dilip K. Chakrabarti
May 2003
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
ISBN: 81-215-1016-3
291 pages, 6 1/2" x 9 3/4"
$59.50 Hardcover

This volume takes one to the tentative beginnings of Indian sculptural, architectural numismatic & inscriptional studies and tries to give an idea of what has been generally achieved in the fields of human skeletal discoveries, rock-art and religion. The articles chosen for the first section will give a feel of how it all began: how were some of the classical sculptural and architectural sites of the subcontinent approached and described and what was Princep's chain of reasoning when he was studying the early Indian coins or grappling with the decipherment of Asokan inscriptions? The intention was only to draw attention to the basic foundations of these sub-disciplines. A consideration of their later developments was not within our focus. For the rest of the topics, we decided to remain content with a limited number of essays which played a role in shaping these themes. Taken together, the three volumes of this set offer a definitive historical perspective of Indian archaeology through a selection of astonishingly wide-ranging but integrated body of sources up to the 1980s.

Indian Council of Historicla Research Monograph Series No. 6

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