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India an Archaeological HistoryPalaeolithic Beginnings to Early Historic Foundations$
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Dilip Chakrabarti

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198064121

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198064121.001.0001

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The Archaeological Foundations of Early Historic India

The Archaeological Foundations of Early Historic India

(p.262) VII The Archaeological Foundations of Early Historic India
India an Archaeological History

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

Oxford University Press

This chapter isolates the major components of early historic archaeology of the subcontinent. First, there is a general chronological correspondence between the archaeological context of the beginning of early history and the Buddhist literary evidence related to the sixteen great principalities from the north-west to the Deccan. Second, the fact that the northern black polished ware cannot be mechanically construed as an archaeological marker of early historic urbanism all over the subcontinent has been driven home by the probability of an urban growth going back to the sixth to fifth century bc in the Kaveri delta and its hinterland. Third, what may be considered somewhat disturbing is the uneven character of data on settlement contexts of different regions. Fourth, there are many similarities like urban planning, craft specialization, and growing importance of trade. There is also uniformity in material traits like pottery, art, coinage despite regional variation.

Keywords:   principalities, urbanism, urban growth, northern black polished ware, craft specialization, trade, pottery, coinage

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