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Indian zinc technology in a global perspective /

Indian zinc technology in a global perspective /
DK Number:DK-218596
ISBN: 9788182744912
Title: Indian zinc technology in a global perspective /
Author: J.S. Kharakwal.
Imprint: New Delhi : Pentagon Press, in association with Infinity Foundation,
Physical Desc.: xxxvii, 340 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Series Information: (Infinity Foundation series)
Year: 2011
Price: USD 50.95
Subject Strings: Zinc--India--History.
  Zinc industry and trade--Technological innovations--India--History.
  Brass industry and trade--Technological innovations--India--History.
  India--Antiquities.
  
  
Series: Infinity Foundation series
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This book attempts to document the history of zinc and brass technology in India against the backdrop of evidence from different parts of the world, particularly Asia, Africa and Europe. Based on his deep analysis of the available archaeological, archaeometallurgical and literary data, the author provides some new and interesting insights into the evolution and growth of Zinc processing and manufacturing technology in India. The book delineates how India was the first country to achieve the production of pure distilled zinc and how it established its primacy in producing and refining this important metal. It also covers the historical aspects of trading in zinc and the transfer of zinc and brass technology from India to the West. A rich bibliography and a set of appendices providing technical data and information for the use of specialists are other notable features of the book.

An experienced archaeologist, Dr. S.S. Kharakwal, currently leads an Indo-Japanese research project besides teaching at the Dept. of Archaeology, Institute of Rajasthan Studies, Udaipur, India.

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Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
1. INTRODUCTION1
2. ANTIQUITY OF ZINC AND BRASS8
BRASS PRODUCTION8
CONFUSION ABOUT ZINC AND BRASS IN EARLY EXAMPLES9
THE CEMENTATION PROCESS15
3. ZINC AND BRASS IN AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE IN EUROPE, WEST ASIA AND AFRICA17
EUROPE18
AFRICA37
WEST ASIA39
4. EAST ASIA (CHINA)48
EARLY ZINC AND BRASS IN CHINA48
ZINC AND BRASS IN MEDIEVAL CHINA52
5. ZINC AND BRASS IN SOUTH ASIA64
ZINC IN THE BRONZE AGE65
ZINC IN THE EARLY IRON AGE AND HISTORIC CONTEXTS69
LITERARY EVIDENCE71
METALLIC ZINC83
EARLY BRASS COINS87
ICONS91
MEDIEVAL ZINC AND BRASS115
TRADITIONAL BRASS CASTING120
ZAWAR122
CONCLUSION123
6. EARLY MINING OF LEAD-ZINC ORES IN RAJASTHAN125
EARLY MINING OF COPPER AND IRON128
7. ZAWAR: AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE176
ZAWAR176
CONCLUSION189
8. EARLY ZINC SMELTING AT ZAWAR191
SMELTING192
PRODUCTION OF ZINC208
THE TREASURY AT ZAWAR LITERARY EVIDENCE210
THE DECLINE OF ZAWAR221
9. TRANSMISSION OF ZINC AND BRASS TECHNOLOGY226
TUTTHA, TUTIYA AND TUTENAG228
TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY TO THE WEST236
10. EARLY EVIDENCE OF DISTILLATION239
SOMA AND OTHER INTOXICATING DRINKS240
11. CONCLUSION251
Bibliography258
Appendices283
Index325
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