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Publisher:Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
Published In:2010
Binding Type:Leather / fine binding
Weight:1.26 lbs
Pages:pp. xvi + 211, 44 Figures, Illus., 45 Plates, Maps (2 Folded), Index, Glossary, Appendix, Biblio., Line Drawings

The Title "Prehistory of India " is written by H.D. Sankalia. This book was published in the year 2010. The ISBN number 8121502772|9788121502771 is assigned to the Leather / fine binding version of this title. The publisher of this title is Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers. Prehistory of India is currently Not Available with us.You can enquire about this book and we will let you know the availability.

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About the Book

Prehistory of India gives a vivid account of the conditions of man in the Indian sub-continent during the period antecedent to the dawn of history. The narrative is diligently pieced from the study of man's environs and remains at Harappa. Ahar, Malwa, Jorwe, Southern Neolithic and other cultures. It presents in a absorbing manner the indomitable courage and remarkable ingenuity displayed by man in subjugating the primordial environment. The illustrations enhance the perspicuity of the text.

This is written for the general reader to stimulate his curiousity and whet his appetite for the choice delicacies pre-history has to offer, without in anyway detracting from its utility to the scholar.

About the Author

Dr. H.D. Sankalia is an eminent archaeologist and academician. He has several outstanding publications to his credit, including Prehistory and Protohistory of India and Pakistan, Stone Age Tools, their Techniques and Some Aspects of Prehistoric Technology. His numerous articles in several Indian and foreign journals have been widely appreciated.

He retired as Director of the Deccan College, Poona, in December 1973, and has been appointed in the same Institute as Professor Emeritius in Archaeology for life.


List of Text Figures
List of Illustrations

What is Prehistory; the Three Ages; Economic Basis of Prehistory; World-Prehistory-Europe; Africa; Southwest Asia; China; Japan; Burma; Malaya; Indonesia; Australia and New Zealand; America

Glacial and Peri-Glacial Areas; Peninsular India; The Stone Age; Tools and the Lifeways of Early Man; Comparative Table

Baluchistan and Afghanistan; Afghanistan and North-West Frontier Province; Pre-Harappan Cultures; The Harappan Culture; Ahar or the Banas Culture; Malwa Culture; Kayatha Culture; Navdatoli Culture; Jorwe Culture

The Iron Age in South India; Types of Megalithic Monuments; Eastern Neolithic and Chalcolithic Cultures; the Northern Neolithic Culture; the Copper Hoard Culture


List of Plates

1. Upper Palaeolithic Tools from Renigunta, Andhra Pradesh Burins : Backed Blades; Lunates; Triangles
2. Rhinoceros Shoulder blade used as an anvil from Mesolithic levels at Langhnaj
3. Ostrich shell bead from Upper Palaeolithic levels at Patne, Dhulia District, Maharashtra
4. Mesolithic Skeleton (man) from Langhnaj, Gujarat
5. Pre-Harappan field furrow-marks between Two Mounds exposed at Kalibangan, Rajasthan
6. Earliest Made 'Road' exposed at Kalibangan, Rajasthan
7. The 'Dockyard' at Lothal, Gujarat
8. A Part of the Highway with baked brick Drains and a row of shops or remains of houses, Lothal, Gujarat

9. Kiln with circular flue holes, used for making beads, etc Lothal, Gujarat
i. A Potter's House (?), Malwa Phase, Inamgaon. Note upper right a pit with Three Receptacles for Keeping Leather-hard Pots

10. Gold Ornaments from Lothal, Anklet or Bracelet Part of a Necklace, Conical Pendant, Biconical Pendant round bead
11. Bone Tools from Neolithic Levels, Chirand, Bihar
12. Polished Stone Tools and other objects, Burzahom, Kashmir
13. Neolithic Bone Tools, Burzahom, Kashmir
14. Copper arrowheads and a large chisel or axe, Burzahom, Kashmir
15. Highnecked Pottery Vessel with a Bulbous body, Burzahom. Kashmir
16. Engraving on a Large Stone Found in the Excavation, Burzahom, Kashmir
17. Miscellaneous objects Belonging to the Southern Neolithic. 1-5, blade tools of chert; 6, gold ornament; 7, bone tools; 8, terracotta lamp
18. Lid with Punctured Decoration of Peacock and other Animals. Tekkalkota, Karnataka
19. Lamp and a neckrest from T. Narsipur, Karnataka
20. Four pot Burial, Phase II, Tekkalkota, Karnataka
21. Ground plan of a round Structure, Sanganakallu, Karnataka
22. A view of the excavated squares, on Terrace I, at 203 ft. high Tekkalkota, Karnataka
23. The Liddar Valley, Pahlgam, the tools were found on the Right Bank of the River below the golf ground
24. Section of the Right Bank of the East Liddar, Pahlgam, showing the Boulder Conglomerate capped by brownish clay, with the handaxe
25. Early Stone Age tools from Pahlgam, East Liddar Kashmir, a-b massive flake from the Boulder Conglomerate; c-d. handaxe from the brownish clay
26. View of the Principal mound at Inamgaon shown here from South-west on the Right Bank of the Ghod river, Poona District, Maharashtra
27. Settlement Pattern in Late Jorwe Phase, Inamgaon
28. Adult burial within the House Floor. The body is laid North-south, five pots kept near the head, arms and leg, Inamgaon
29. Child burial in an urn with two bowls and a Spouted pot from Late Jorwe Phase, Inamgaon
30. A Late Jorwe cup with a rare Swastika Painting Insides, Inamgaon
31. Small Headless, Terracotta Female Figurine (goddess) with a Contrivance to show it seated or Standing on a bull, Early Jorwe Phase, Tnamgaon
32. Painted Terracotta Zoomorphic Figure (bull) from Chandoli
33. Copper objects (tools and weapons), Terracotta figurines (male and female) with a clay box together with its lid, lamps, and sharpeners, Jorwe culture
34. A Large kiln for Baking Pottery with a well-made Stoking Passage for keeping fuel. Inside the kiln there are Radiating fuel holes and 'Cushions' for Placing Unbaked pots, Inamgaon
35. Huge Three-legged Handmade clay vessel, Inamgaon
36. Copper lid with Two Birds, Khapa, Nagpur
37. Iron dagger, with a Copper hilt, Mahurjhari, Nagpur
38. Megalithic types, Cist with Portholes, Brahmagiri, Karnataka, Sarcophagi (Terracotta coffin with several legs and cover) from Sanur, Tamilnadu
39. Copper celts from Kiratpur, Uttar Pradesh
40. Plain and Incised Beads of Terracotta. Kiratpur, Uttar Pradesh
41. Dish of Painted Grey Ware from Ahichchhatra, Uttar Pradesh
42 Bowl of Painted Grey Ware from Ahichchhatra, Uttar Prades
43. Stylized Terracotta Figurines of bulls found at Kayatha, Madhya Pradesh
44. Surkotada, Newly Discovered Harappan Site, Kutch
45. Cores, Blades (various types), lunates and drills from Navdatoli Madhya Pradesh

List Of Appendix

1. The Painted Grey Ware and the Mahabharata

List of Figures

1. Maglemosian (Mesolithic) wooden bows with shaped grip from Holmegaard, Denmark (From Graham Clark, Stone Age Hunters
2. Hunting with bow and arrow. Painting from Cueva de los Caballos, Spain (From J.G.D. Clark, Prehistoric Europe, 1952
3. Reconstruction of a mammoth hunter's dwelling based on finds at Pushkari, near Nevogorod-Toad Seversky, South Russia. The dwelling was nearly 12.2 metres long and 3.7 Metres wide, standing in a shallow pit
4. (a) Clovis fluted point, (b) Folsom fluted point. Redrawn from Chester S. Chard, Man in Prehistory, New York, 1969
5. Methods of flaking stone
6. Use of Handaxe for Digging Roots, Tubers etc
7. Cleaver hafted (used) for Wood-working e.g. felling trees etc
8. Use of chopper for cutting wood
9. Use of chopper for splitting bone
10. Use of an end scraper for smoothing wood etc
11. Use of a point as spear-or lance-head
12. Blade production by indirect percussion
13. Use of Stone Blade as a Penknife
14. Parallel-sided and pen-knife-shaped stone-blade with a denticulated edge, each being the prototype of the steel saw and the Penknife. Above, in black, a harpoon with stone barbs

15. Flint Sickles :
i. Acebuchal, Spain
ii. Kahun, Egypt
iii. Fayum, Egypt

16. Evolution of the iron sickle
17. Polished stone axe hafted in angular bone or wood handle
18. Map showing distribution of Harappan sites (after Wheeler, 1968). Add Gumla in North-West Frontier Province and Surkotada in Kutch
19. Plan of the Citadel and the Lower Town at Kalibangan, Rajasthan
20. Harappan pottery
21. Pottery belonging to Cemetery-H Culture
22. Cemetery-H Distinctive Designs
23. Map showing the distribution of Ahar Culture sites in Rajasthan
24. Copper Age City of Ahar (Tambavati), reconstructed from the ground plan as exposed in the 1961-62 excavations
25. Terracotta beads/spindle whorls with incised decoration from Ahar, compared with those of Troy and Turkestan
26. Red painted buff were (nos. 1-6) and incised ware (nos. 7-10) excavated from ^the earliest occupation level at Kayatha
27. 'Kayatha Ware' pottery from the earliest occupation level. Kayatha, Madhya Pradesh
28. Map showing the excavated Chalcolithic sites in Western Maharashtra
29. Early Malwa and Early Jorwe House, Inamgaon
30. Late Jorwe Circular Houses show the Settlement Pattern
31. Some Characteristic Pottery of Jorwe Culture from Inamgaon : 1-8, Lotas or Vessels for using water on various Occasions, such as washing hands, Drinking; 9-10, Oil or medicine pots with a very Narrow Highneck; 11, Medium-sized jar; 12-16, Spouted pots with Carinated or Sharply bent Belly
32. Pottery kiln, Early Jorwe Period c. 1300 BC
33. A cart with wooden frame, and solid wheels drawn by two Humped oxen, Early Jorwe Period c. 1300 BC, Inamgaon
34. Map Showing the Distinction of regional variants in the Neolithic Culture of South India (after Padayya). To face
35. Megalithic Sites of the Deccan and South India (After Allchin)
36. Skeletal Remains, Megalith 8, Locality III, Mahurjhari (After Deo, 1973)
37. Plan and Section, Megalith 8, Locality III, Mahurjhari, (After Deo, 1973)
38. Iron Objects, Mahurjhari
39. Iron Axes with iron-ring fasteners, Mahurjhari (After Deo, 1973)
40. Distinctive pottery from Mahurjhari (After Deo, 1973)
41. Map showing Colonization according to Vedic evidence (After Bhargava)
42. Map showing Colonization according to Puranic evidence (After Pargiter.)
43. Map showing Colonization according to Archaeological evidence
44. Neolithic and Chalcolithic Culture in Relation to Relief, Rainfall and the main Primitive Tribes

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