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Twilight of the past : probing Indian history and archaeology /

Twilight of the past :  probing Indian history and archaeology /
DK Number:DK-217408
ISBN: 9788173054198
Title: Twilight of the past : probing Indian history and archaeology /
Author: editor, N. Chandramouli.
Imprint: New Delhi : Aryan Books International in association with Pondicherry University, Pondicherry,
Physical Desc.: xxiv, 300 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Year: 2012
Price: USD 89.15
Summary: Revised version of papers presented at the National Seminar on "Emerging Trends in the Study of History & Archaeology", held at Pondicherry.
Subject Strings: India, South--History--Congresses.
  India, South--Antiquities--Congresses.
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Archaeology has, of late, taken a big leap forward. A multidisciplinary study, involving teams of scientists, it is now increasingly relying on satellite remote sensing and GIS: not just for research, but also to examine the status of heritage sites. With its inseparable linkages with history, archaeology is being constantly used in unravelling India’s past and to study the human cultural progress in different parts of the subcontinent. The papers here on the conceptual and methodological shifts in the prehistoric studies and on the proto-historical cultures of the Karnataka, demonstrate significant developments in the theoretical and methodological aspects of the archaeological researches.

Putting together 33 well-researched papers, the volume shows how, supported by archaeology, history has been able to find answers to certain vexing, unresolved questions, including the issues of Iron Age, megalithic societies and their spatio-temporal dynamics, the rise of chiefdoms and subsequent rise of empires. The volume sets out fresh perspectives on the processes of urbanization and state formation, and on the role of subaltern sections of the society in shaping historical events during the early historic and medieval periods. A paper in the book also focuses on the theoretical issues of the subaltern histories in the post-modernist era.

Among other specific themes, the papers here focus on New Approaches to Rock Art Research, Action Archaeology and Sustainable Development, Trade and Commerce in Ancient Belgaum, Education in Pre-Colonial Pondicherry, Medicine in Buddhist Tradition, Environmental Conservation in the Tamil Tradition, Regional Approaches in the Writing of History, Early Resistance to Colonialism in French India, Current Trends in Folk Culture Studies, and Folklore and Cultural Construction in Colonial India.

Dr N. Chandramouli is currently Associate Professor in the Department of History, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry.

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Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
Prehistoric Research in South India: Concepts and MethodsM.L.K. Murty1
Recent Scientific Approaches to Archaeological Research in IndiaG.L. Badam24
Action Archaeology and Sustainable DevelopmentS. Nagaraju33
New Approaches to Rock Art ResearchB.L. Malla43
A Preliminary Note on Impact Assessment Studies at Prehistoric Sites in Tamil NaduShanti Pappu & Kumar Akhilesh49
Mesolithic Cultural Adaptations in North-Eastern Andhra Pradesh: A Geoecological StudyP. Vijaya Prakesh68
Recent Discovery of Prehistoric Sites in the Lower Kaveri Valley, Tamil NaduV. selvakumar78
Man-Land Relationship in the Upper and Central Pennar Basin of Andhra Pradesh: With Special Reference to Neolithic CultureP.C. Venkata Subbaiah86
The Protohistoric Krishna Valley: Problems and PropectsA. Sundara99
Interpretation of Terracotta Figurines of early AndhraS. Murali Mohan108
Prevalence of mother and Child Terracotta Images and Their Significance in Tamil NaduS. Vasanthi119
Taj Mahal: Conservation and ManagementD. Dayalan123
Integration of the Boys into the Andhra Society - A StudyC. Somasundara Rao131
A Unique Inscription of Kulottunga Chola II at SrirangamR. Nagaswamy137
Kingship and State Formation in Medieval AndhradesaP.S. Kanaka Durga140
Urbanization in Rayalaseema under the Rayas of Vijayanagara (AD 1336-1648)A. Gurumurthy & E. Sobhan Babu166
Trade and Commerce in Ancient BelgaumS.M. Nagabhushana174
Education in Pre-Colonial Pondicherry (AD 750-1600)R. Ezhil Raman180
Medicine in Buddhist TraditionKirankranth Choudhary186
Environmental Conservation - A Historical PerspectiveP. Sumabala191
Nature Conservation in the Tamil Tradition - A Historical PerspectiveM. Amrithalingam199
Glory Bitten but Not Battered: A Historical Investigation of the Cult of AyyanarB. Ramachandra Reddy & R. Natarajan207
Subaltern History and PostmodernismK.A. Manikumar218
Regional Approaches in the Writing of HistoryAravind Kumar224
Tripartite Trade: Types of textiles of the English Trade on the Coromandel Coast (1611-1652)S. Babu228
A Study of New Communities in Pondicherry under the FrenchA. Arul Jothi237
Early Resistance to Colonialism in French India - A Study Based on the Diary of Veera Naicker IIB. Krishnamurthy242
Atrocities in the Andaman Islands under the Regime of Japan (1943-45)Bithin Thakur253
The Glowing Haveli: A Study of the Multifaceted Contributions of Women in the Cochin Royal FamilyDivya Sandesh263
From Monologic to Dialogic: Current Research Trends on Flok Culture StudiesY.A. Sudhakara Reddy269
Floklore and Cultural Constructions in Colonial South IndiaG. Chandhrika280
Historical Material in Veerapandya Kattabommu Kathaipadal: A StudyS. Manikandan284
Animal Symbolism in Indian Folk and Tribal DancesLalitha Ramadurai289
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