Taken together, the three volumes of this set offer a definitive historical perspective of Indian archaeology through a selection of astonishingly wide-ranging but integrated body of sources up to the 1980s.
This volume takes one to the tentative beginnings of Indian sculptural, architectural numismatic & inscriptional studies and tries to give an idea of what has been generally achieved in the fields of human skeletal discoveries, rock-art and religion. The articles chosen for the first section will give a feel of how it all began: how some of the classical sculptural and architectural sites of the subcontinent were approached and described and what Princep's chain of reasoning was when he studied the early Indian coins or grappled with the decipherment of Asokan inscriptions.
The intention is only to draw attention to the basic foundations of these sub-disciplines. A consideration of their later developments is not within the focus of this book. For the rest of the topics, the authirs remained content with a limited number of essays which played a role in shaping the themes.
Dr. F.R. Allchin holds an emeritus position in the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Cambridge University. Dr. Dilip K. Chakrabarti holds a lectureship in the Department of Archaeology of the same university. Both of them have extensively researached and published in the field of South Asian archaeology.
Dr. Dilip K. Chakrabarti holds a lectureship in the Department of Archaeology of the same university. He has extensively researached and published in the field of South Asian archaeology.