Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > History > Ancient > Ancient India (Bulletin of the Archaeological Survey of India)
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Ancient India (Bulletin of the Archaeological Survey of India)
Pages from the book
Ancient India (Bulletin of the Archaeological Survey of India)
Look Inside the Book
Description
Introduction

In this paper I propose to present a review of the evidence bearing upon certain aspects of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic technology in India. This topic was first dealt with by H. D. Sankalia more than forty years ago in his two well-known books titled Stone Age Tools: Their Techniques, Names and Probable Functions (1964) and Some Aspects of Prehistoric Technology in India (1970). These publications provided an excellent account of manufacturing techniques and types of stone implements of hunter-gatherer societies. In the present review, we will try to go one step further and attempt to relate technology to the functioning and evolution of Prehistoric societies. We are dealing with more than one- million-year-long pre-literate stage in which man led a nomadic and hunting-gathering way of life. The overwhelming body of evidence for reconstructing this long formative stage of the human story is formed by stone artefacts and, to a limited extent, by objects made of organic materials like wood, bone and antler. Let us start with one or two general remarks.

In the year 2006-2007, the birth centenaries of two students par excellence of India's ancient past were celebrated in the country - D. D. Kosambi and H. D. Sankalia. While they differed vastly in their overall approaches and methods, both Kosambi and Sankalia recognized the unique features of the country's heritage, its relevance to the present, and use of the present as a method to approach the past.

In the mid-60s of the last century they published their major books which are still widely used by scholars and students alike. Sankalia's book Prehistory and Protohistory in India and Pakistan appeared in 1963 (second edition in 1974). Two years later Kosambi's book The Culture and Civilization of Ancient India in Historical Outline (1965) was published. Although as fresh students we were initially somewhat befuddled by the differing contents and approaches of these two books, we recognized that, far from being faced with the need to prefer one to exclusion of the other, both were indispensable sources to a meaningful understanding of our past. We soon realized to our pleasant surprise that while Sankalia's book was rich in carefully acquired and assorted data which is basic to all empirical sciences', Kosambi's work was replete with many carefully drawn lower and higher order inferences about the trajectory of the country's past. We grasped too the truth in the famous German philosopher Kant's statement that 'Thoughts without content are empty; intuitions (sense data) without thoughts are blind'.

The writings of D. D. Kosambi provide a good starting point for our review. As he has himself confessed, Kosambi lacked formal academic training in Indological studies and indeed arrived there from the 'roof. In fact, this was his advantage and we need several more 'roof- breakers'. Kosambi possessed an uncanny ability to recognize the woods among trees and made some very pertinent observations about the methods of Indological research and about Prehistoric life in general which no student of Indian prehistory can afford to ignore. Among these, I consider the following as the most important observations (Kosambi 1965: Ch. 2):

a) Ice Age was neither so harsh nor as extensive as in Europe, such that food-gathering, apart from hunting and fishing, was a much easier task and covered a wide range of edible items.

b) Culture is to be understood in the sense of ethnography; it refers to- the essential way of life of the people.

c) Food supplies are an essential basis of human cultures and are dependent on the means (techniques and instruments) adopted for procurement.

d) Any important advance in the means of production leads to population rise and alterations in relations of production.

e) Temporal variability exists in regional cultural development.

f) 'Living prehistory' or ethnography is an important component of the methodology of Prehistoric research.

Before relating these propositions to the available archaeological record of hunter-gatherer societies, let us briefly note the main stages in the development of Stone Age research in the country.

Contents

Notes7
Stone Age Technology in India9
Palaeolithic India and Human Dispersal69
From Stone Tools to Satellites: Recent Research87
into the Prehistory of Tamil Nadu
Prehistoric Rock Art Imagery of the Vindhyas,101
Uttar Pradesh, India
The Decline of Harappan Civilization125
Excavations at Karsola Kheda, Jind District,179
Haryana, 2010-11
Excavations at Lathiya213
(Ghazipur District, Uttar Pradesh): 2009-10
Evolution of Terracotta Female Forms from Ropar233
(from c. 200 Be to AD 600)
The Riddle of the Ancient Indian Eras is Not Yet Solved239
Six Decades of Indian Epigraphy (1950-2010):261
Sanskrit and Dravidian Inscriptions
Arabic and Persian Epigraphs: Recent Discoveries293
Architecture and Society317
Tribe, Tribal, and Indian Numismatics vis-a-vis337
Neoevolutionary Paradigm
Archaeology in North-East India:353
The Post-Independence Scenario
Museums in India: A Review369
Royal Attributes of the Nirmanakaya Sakyamuni399
and the Dharmakaya Buddhas
Article Index411
About the Authors415
List of Plates418
Sample Pages























Ancient India (Bulletin of the Archaeological Survey of India)

Item Code:
NAL727
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2011
Language:
English
Size:
11.0 inch x 9.0 inch
Pages:
420 (Throughout Color and B/W Illustrations)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 1.5 kg
Price:
$55.00
Discounted:
$41.25   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days
You Save:
$13.75 (25%)
Look Inside the Book
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Ancient India (Bulletin of the Archaeological Survey of India)

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 2735 times since 12th Jan, 2016
Introduction

In this paper I propose to present a review of the evidence bearing upon certain aspects of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic technology in India. This topic was first dealt with by H. D. Sankalia more than forty years ago in his two well-known books titled Stone Age Tools: Their Techniques, Names and Probable Functions (1964) and Some Aspects of Prehistoric Technology in India (1970). These publications provided an excellent account of manufacturing techniques and types of stone implements of hunter-gatherer societies. In the present review, we will try to go one step further and attempt to relate technology to the functioning and evolution of Prehistoric societies. We are dealing with more than one- million-year-long pre-literate stage in which man led a nomadic and hunting-gathering way of life. The overwhelming body of evidence for reconstructing this long formative stage of the human story is formed by stone artefacts and, to a limited extent, by objects made of organic materials like wood, bone and antler. Let us start with one or two general remarks.

In the year 2006-2007, the birth centenaries of two students par excellence of India's ancient past were celebrated in the country - D. D. Kosambi and H. D. Sankalia. While they differed vastly in their overall approaches and methods, both Kosambi and Sankalia recognized the unique features of the country's heritage, its relevance to the present, and use of the present as a method to approach the past.

In the mid-60s of the last century they published their major books which are still widely used by scholars and students alike. Sankalia's book Prehistory and Protohistory in India and Pakistan appeared in 1963 (second edition in 1974). Two years later Kosambi's book The Culture and Civilization of Ancient India in Historical Outline (1965) was published. Although as fresh students we were initially somewhat befuddled by the differing contents and approaches of these two books, we recognized that, far from being faced with the need to prefer one to exclusion of the other, both were indispensable sources to a meaningful understanding of our past. We soon realized to our pleasant surprise that while Sankalia's book was rich in carefully acquired and assorted data which is basic to all empirical sciences', Kosambi's work was replete with many carefully drawn lower and higher order inferences about the trajectory of the country's past. We grasped too the truth in the famous German philosopher Kant's statement that 'Thoughts without content are empty; intuitions (sense data) without thoughts are blind'.

The writings of D. D. Kosambi provide a good starting point for our review. As he has himself confessed, Kosambi lacked formal academic training in Indological studies and indeed arrived there from the 'roof. In fact, this was his advantage and we need several more 'roof- breakers'. Kosambi possessed an uncanny ability to recognize the woods among trees and made some very pertinent observations about the methods of Indological research and about Prehistoric life in general which no student of Indian prehistory can afford to ignore. Among these, I consider the following as the most important observations (Kosambi 1965: Ch. 2):

a) Ice Age was neither so harsh nor as extensive as in Europe, such that food-gathering, apart from hunting and fishing, was a much easier task and covered a wide range of edible items.

b) Culture is to be understood in the sense of ethnography; it refers to- the essential way of life of the people.

c) Food supplies are an essential basis of human cultures and are dependent on the means (techniques and instruments) adopted for procurement.

d) Any important advance in the means of production leads to population rise and alterations in relations of production.

e) Temporal variability exists in regional cultural development.

f) 'Living prehistory' or ethnography is an important component of the methodology of Prehistoric research.

Before relating these propositions to the available archaeological record of hunter-gatherer societies, let us briefly note the main stages in the development of Stone Age research in the country.

Contents

Notes7
Stone Age Technology in India9
Palaeolithic India and Human Dispersal69
From Stone Tools to Satellites: Recent Research87
into the Prehistory of Tamil Nadu
Prehistoric Rock Art Imagery of the Vindhyas,101
Uttar Pradesh, India
The Decline of Harappan Civilization125
Excavations at Karsola Kheda, Jind District,179
Haryana, 2010-11
Excavations at Lathiya213
(Ghazipur District, Uttar Pradesh): 2009-10
Evolution of Terracotta Female Forms from Ropar233
(from c. 200 Be to AD 600)
The Riddle of the Ancient Indian Eras is Not Yet Solved239
Six Decades of Indian Epigraphy (1950-2010):261
Sanskrit and Dravidian Inscriptions
Arabic and Persian Epigraphs: Recent Discoveries293
Architecture and Society317
Tribe, Tribal, and Indian Numismatics vis-a-vis337
Neoevolutionary Paradigm
Archaeology in North-East India:353
The Post-Independence Scenario
Museums in India: A Review369
Royal Attributes of the Nirmanakaya Sakyamuni399
and the Dharmakaya Buddhas
Article Index411
About the Authors415
List of Plates418
Sample Pages























Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Ancient India (Bulletin of the Archaeological Survey of India) (History | Books)

Horticulture In Ancient India (Golden Jubilee of India's Independence Series-18)
by R.N. Sampath
Hardcover (Edition: 1998)
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan
Item Code: IDK259
$22.00$16.50
You save: $5.50 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Battle For Ancient India (An Essay in the Sociopolitics of Indian Archaeology)
by Dilip K. Chakrabarti
Hardcover (Edition: 2008)
Aryan Books International
Item Code: IDK201
$30.00$22.50
You save: $7.50 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Women in Ancient and Medieval India
Deal 20% Off
Item Code: IDL166
$95.00$57.00
You save: $38.00 (20 + 25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Position and Status of Women in Ancient India (Vol. II) - A Rare Book
Item Code: IDG297
$35.00$26.25
You save: $8.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Military Architecture in Ancient India
by Ratanlal Mishra
Hardcover (Edition: 2002)
B.R. Publishing Corporation
Item Code: NAL702
$35.00$26.25
You save: $8.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Glimpses of Excellence in Ancient India
by Dr. Suruchi Pande
Paperback (Edition: 2014)
Sri Ramkrishna Math
Item Code: NAL244
$20.00$15.00
You save: $5.00 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ancient India as Described by Megasthenes and Arrian
Item Code: NAL054
$40.00$30.00
You save: $10.00 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Art Shrines of Ancient India
by V.K. Subramanian
Hardcover (Edition: 2003)
Abhinav Publications
Item Code: IHL115
$50.00$37.50
You save: $12.50 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Political History of Ancient India (From the Accession of Parikshit to the Extinction of the Gupta Dynasty)
Deal 10% Off
Item Code: NAG682
$36.00$24.30
You save: $11.70 (10 + 25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
India: Society Religion and Literature in Ancient and Medieval Periods
Item Code: IHL712
$12.50$9.38
You save: $3.12 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Urban Development in Ancient India
by Adhir Chakravarti
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
The Asiatic Society
Item Code: NAG277
$35.00$26.25
You save: $8.75 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Textiles in Ancient India (An Old and Rare Book)
by Dr. Kiran Singh
Hardcover (Edition: 1994)
Viswavidyalaya Prakashan
Item Code: IDG856
$22.50$16.88
You save: $5.62 (25%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
The statues arrived yesterday. They are beautiful! Thank you!
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Indiana
I have purchased several items from Exotic India: Bronze and wood statues, books and apparel. I have been very pleased with all the items. Their delivery is prompt, packaging very secure and the price reasonable.
Heramba, USA
Exotic India you are great! It's my third order and i'm very pleased with you. I'm intrested in Yoga,Meditation,Vedanta ,Upanishads,so,i'm naturally happy i found many rare titles in your unique garden! Thanks!!!
Fotis, Greece
I've just received the shawl and love it already!! Thank you so much,
Ina, Germany
The books arrived today and I have to congratulate you on such a WONDERFUL packing job! I have never, ever, received such beautifully and carefully packed items from India in all my years of ordering. Each and every book arrived in perfect shape--thanks to the extreme care you all took in double-boxing them and using very strong boxes. (Oh how I wished that other businesses in India would learn to do the same! You won't believe what some items have looked like when they've arrived!) Again, thank you very much. And rest assured that I will soon order more books. And I will also let everyone that I know, at every opportunity, how great your business and service has been for me. Truly very appreciated, Namaste.
B. Werts, USA
Very good service. Very speed and fine. I recommand
Laure, France
Thank you! As always, I can count on Exotic India to find treasures not found in stores in my area.
Florence, USA
Thank you very much. It was very easy ordering from the website. I hope to do future purchases from you. Thanks again.
Santiago, USA
Thank you for great service in the past. I am a returning customer and have purchased many Puranas from your firm. Please continue the great service on this order also.
Raghavan, USA
Excellent service. I feel that there is genuine concern for the welfare of customers and there orders. Many thanks
Jones, United Kingdom
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2018 © Exotic India