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India’s Ancient Past$
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R. S. Sharma

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195687859

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687859.001.0001

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Ecology and Environment

Ecology and Environment

(p.40) 5 Ecology and Environment
India’s Ancient Past

R.S. Sharma

Oxford University Press

In ancient times, humans lived on wild produce and hunting birds and animals. However, in the industrial age, the relation of humans with plants and animals has undergone a fundamental change, and now many living organisms are preserved through human efforts. The environment has a direct bearing on human efforts. One cannot think of human advance in ancient times without the exploitation of natural resources. The location and size of settlements were conditioned by environmental factors, with soil and climatic conditions which determine the selection of sites. Although rivers were preferred sites for settlement, people settled near lakes and tanks. Rainfall helped human society in pursuing agriculture and founding settlements, but heavy rains during the tropical monsoon deterred people from regular work. A background of ecology and environment may help the study of ancient India, and may be especially useful in the study of the prehistory.

Keywords:   ecology, environment, hunting, human efforts, natural resources, settlements, rainfall, agriculture

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