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Indian Archaeology - 1989-90 A Review (An Old and Rare Book)

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Item Code: MZI692
Author: S. K. Mahapatra
Language: English
Edition: 1994
Pages: 302 (88 Pages B/W Illustrations)
Other Details: 10.50 X 8.50 inch
weight of the book: 0.83 kg

I am happy to place this issue of Indian Archaeology 1989-90- A Review in the hands of scholars. We are deeply aware of the delay in its publication. Several contributors had to be reminded many times to send material for inclusion in the Review. I would like to take this opportunity to request my colleagues in the Archaeological Survey of India, the State Departments of Archaeology and Museums, the Universities, museums and other research institutions whose contributions go into the making of the Review to send the material for publication to us well in time and in keeping with the format and style of the publication. This would also help in expeditious publication and continuity and regularity of a scholarly publication, which is seminal, is maintained.

The present issue of the Review contains information about the activities in the field of archaeology all over the country comprising of exploration and excavation, epigraphy, numismatics and treasure trove, architectural survey, radiocarbon dates, palaeobotanical and pollen analytical studies, museums, conservation of monuments and sites, archaeological chemistry, archaeological gardens and publication. It also contains information about the work done by the Archaeological Survey of India outside its geographical boundaries. Bulk of the information relates to brief reports on explorations and excavations carried out throughout the length and breadth of the country. Among the excavations carried out by various agencies during the year under review, I would like to mention in particular excavations carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India of the Harappan site at Dholavira in Kutch (Gujarat), unearthing extraordinarily significant architectural features including town planning; at the Harsh-ka- Tila in Thanesar (Haryana), revealing sequence of different historic periods; Adam near Nagpur (Maharashtra) exposing the sequence of remains from the microlithic to the early historic times; at Kolhua in Vaishali (Bihar), having Buddhist remains; at Hampi, an early mediaeval period site and Gundnapur, Kadamba site in District Uttara Kannada (Kamataka) where early mediaeval material dating back to the fifth-sixth century have been brought to light. Of the important excavations carried out by various State Governments, mention may be made of Thotlakonda, a Buddhist monastic site in District Vishakhapattanam (Andhra Pradesh), and Ambari, a historical site in District Kamrup (Assam). Among the major excavations work done by various Universities may be mentioned the chalcolithic site of Maner (Bihar) excavated by the Patna University; Harappan sites at Kuntasi (Gujarat) excavated jointly by the Deccan College, Postgraduate and Research Institute, Pune and Department of Archaeology, Government of Gujarat; Nagwada (Gujarat) by the M.S. University; Chalcolithic site at Mangalkot in Burdwan (West Bengal) by Calcutta University; Purola in District Uttar Kashi (Uttar Pradesh) by the H.N. Bahuguna Garhwal University. Apart from various conservation works throughout the length and breadth of the country, the Survey also continued major work of structural conservation and chemical preservation of the Angkor Vat in Cambodia. The Survey also completely reorganized the Central Armed Forces Museum at Luanda (Angola).

The publication of this Review is the result of the joint effort of Shri B.M. Pande, Director (Publication) of the Headquarters office of the Survey and his colleagues namely Shri C. Dorje, Superintending Archaeologist, Dr. Arundhati Banerji, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist and Shri A. Jha, Assistant Archaeologist, in the Publication Section. I would like to place on record my thanks to them and also to Mis Bengal Offset Works for the printing of this publication.

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