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Author: V K Jain
Foreword/Introduction: D N Jha
Publisher: D K Printworld
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788124603734
Fresh excavations, new dating techniques and ever-growing conceptual frameworks since 1950 have greatly reshaped our perspective on Prehistory and Protohistory of the Indian subcontinent. This monograph, which is primarily aimed to serve as a starter presents, in a concise but comprehensive manner, a syncretic view of the latest information on various aspects such as tools and technologies, settlement and subsistence patterns, ecological background and distributional configuration in respect of the Stone Age and the Chalcolithic Cultures outside the Harappan Zone. The Megalithic Cultures of peninsular India and the Deccan too find a place in the book. A glossary of the terms used frequently in archaeology as well as maps, line-drawings and explanatory notes on individual sites add further value to the text.
ContentsForewordPrefaceList of Maps and Figures1. IntroductionWhat is Prehistory?Environmental FactorsHuman Evolution and Indian PrehistoryScientific Dating and Related TechniquesNew Theoretical Perspectives2. Indian Archaeological Studies During the Last Five Decades and their Significance3. Palaeolithic CulturesIntroductionChronologyTools and TechnologiesSpread and Distribution of Palaeolithic SitesSettlement and Subsistence PatternConclusion4. Mesolithic CulturesIntroductionSalient FeaturesRegional DistributionTools and TechnologiesMaterial Culture and Subsistence PatternConclusionRock Art5. Neolithic CulturesIntroductionCharacteristic FeaturesChronological and Distributional PatternConclusion6. Non-Harappan Chalcolithic CulturesIntroductionCultures Outside the Harappan ZoneSettlement SystemSubsistence PatternTools and TechnologiesTrade ContactsReligious Beliefs and PracticesConclusionCopper-Hoard CulturesAppendicesAppendix I: Megalithic Cultures (Peninsular India and the Deccan c. 1000 BC - 300 BC)IntroductionDistribution of the Megalithic Monuments and their Structural FormsChronologyMaterial CultureSubsistence EconomyConclusionAppendix II: Prominent SitesAdamgarh, Adichanallur, Ahar, Anagwadi, Attirampakkam or Attiramabakkam, Baghor, Bagor, Belan Valley, Bhimbetka, Brahmagiri, Budihal, Burzahom, Chirand, Chopani-Mando, Damdama, Daojali Hading, Didwana, Gilund, Gufkral, Hallur, Hunsgi, Inamgaon, Jakhera, Jodhpura, Jorwe, Kayatha, Koldihwa, Kuchai, Kupgal or Kupgallu, Langhnaj, Mahadaha, Mahagara, Mahisdal, Mahurjhari, Maski, Mehrgarh, Naikund, Navadatoli, Nevasa, Noh, Paisra, Paiyampalli, Pandu Rajar Dhibi, Piklihal, Sanaganakallu, Sarai Nahar Rai, Savalda, Takalghata, Tekkalakota, Utnur, WatgalGlossaryBibliography and ReferencesIndex