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The Archaeology of Coastal Bengal$
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Rupendra Kumar Chattopadhyay

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199481682

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199481682.001.0001

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Distribution of Sites/Settlements

Distribution of Sites/Settlements

(p.27) Chapter Four Distribution of Sites/Settlements
The Archaeology of Coastal Bengal

Rupendra Kumar Chattopadhyay

Oxford University Press

The fourth chapter delineates the distribution of sites/settlements and the recorded archaeological assemblages, both excavated and explored. The sites/settlements have been traced out on the basis of the three arbitrary zones and they have been classified for each zone under excavated sites and explored sites. While discussing the individual sites the author has provided an elaborate description of the location, discoveries of antiquities through antiquarian efforts, corroborative references from ancient literary sources, if any, as well as a detailed report of the archaeological findings. The contexts of the findings if known have also been highlighted. In case of excavated sites, details have been given on the basis of the concerned excavation reports. Different aspects of the settlement matrices in association with their chrono-cultural developments have been traced out in the site reports. This chapter constitutes the nucleus of the present reconstruction of the settlement history of coastal Bengal.

Keywords:   sites, settlements, occurrences, flood-plain, BRW-associated Early Village Farming settlements, Tamralipta, diagnostic types, mound, procurement network, habitational remains/debris, palaeo-channels, architectural members, sculptural remains, survival strategies, trading networks

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