Author: Upinder Singh
Publisher: Social Science Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187358297
Not many people know that the busy and bustling capital city of Delhi and its surroundings have long past, going back thousands of years. Prehistoric stone tools have surfaced here and many ancient remains have been found, sometimes accidentally by farmers tilling their fields, and at other times by archaeologists carrying out systematic excavations. A mound one passes everyday or a narrow strip of stream tells a story of ancient times. Centuries of history coexist with metro stations and plus cars.
The readings in this book give us glimpses of the lives of people who lived over the centuries in the Delhi area, and how these details are pieced together by historians. It brings into focus the importance of the historian’s method and the sources of information found in ancient texts, archaeology and even legends and folklore, sometimes hanging on the thread of a slender historical fact.
This collection of essays has been put together by a teacher for students of history, but will also be of enormous value to a larger number of other interested readers.
PART I: Stone Age Sites in the Delhi Area
PART II: Protohistoric Settlements: Late Harappan Remains at Bhorgarh and Mandoli
PART III: Archaeology and Legend
PART IV: The Early Historic Period: The Ashokan Rock Edict at Shrinivaspuri/Bahapur
PART V: The Mehrauli Iron Pillar Inscription
PART VI: The Early Medieval Period: Lal Kot and Anangpur
PART VII: The Medieval and Modern History of Ancient Remains