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The Archaeology of Early Historic South Asia

The Archaeology of Early Historic South Asia
The Emergence of Cities and States


G. Erdosy, R. A. E. Coningham, D. K. Chakrabarti, B. Allchin
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  • Date Published: September 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521376952

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  • Cities and states developed in South Asia between c.800 BC and AD 250, as Hinduism and Buddhism arose and spread. Drawing on archaeological studies and also on texts and inscriptions, this book explores the character of the early Indian cities, paying particular attention to their art and architecture and analysing the political ideas that shaped the state systems. The authors chart the development of the settlement pattern in the Ganges valley through to the rise of cities and the formation of the Mauryan empire and its successor states. They also trace the spread of cities and states throughout South Asia to the opening centuries of the Christian era, offering an Indian perspective on the contacts with the Greek and Roman worlds that followed the invasion of Alexander the Great.

    • Comprehensive and integrated treatment of a subject not previously covered by any single work
    • Timespan covers the formative period of Indian culture
    • Of interest not only to archaeologists but also to readers concerned with history, comparative religion, art
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    • Date Published: September 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521376952
    • length: 392 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 189 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • contains: 90 b/w illus. 15 maps 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The archaeology of early historic South Asia
    2. The environmental context
    3. The end of Harappan urbanism and its legacy
    4. Language, culture and the concept of ethnicity
    5. Dark Age or continuum? An archaeological analysis of the second urban development in South Asia
    6. The prelude to urbanisation: ethnogenesis and the rise of late Vedic chiefdoms
    7. City states of north India and Pakistan at the time of the Buddha
    8. Early cities and states beyond the Ganges valley
    9. The rise of cities in Sri Lanka
    10. The Mauryan state and empire
    11. Mauryan architecture and art
    12. Post-Mauryan states of mainland South Asia (c.185BC–AD 320)
    13. The emergence of cities and states: concluding synthesis.

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    F. R. Allchin, University of Cambridge


    G. Erdosy, R. A. E. Coningham, D. K. Chakrabarti, B. Allchin

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