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Discovery of Ancient India, The: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology
Upinder Singh
Price : ₹ 695.00  
ISBN : 9788178241272
Language : English
Pages : 410
Binding : Paperback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2005
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Territorial Rights : World
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About the Book

This book is written as much for the general reader interested in India's antiquity and its pioneering archaeologists, as for students of the history of archaeology, colonialism, and constructions of the past. It breaks colonial archaeology down into its specific constituents and examines the ideas, impulses, tensions, and individual contributions that comprised early studies of India's ancient past. It focuses, at the outset, on the ideas and work of Alexander Cunningham, the first Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India, as well as his assistants. It then looks at a number of related issues-the different definitions of archaeological research; the conflict between field archaeologists and architectural scholars; the debate over whether antiquities should be left in situ or removed to museums; the different approaches and initiatives towards the conservation of historical monuments. Finally, it looks at the contributions of Indian scholars to archaeology, and at the Indian princes vis-a-vis the conservation of historical monuments.

Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Upinder Singh is Reader in History at Delhi University. Her earlier books include Kings, Brahmanas and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study AD 300-1147 (1994), and Ancient Delhi (1999).