Gwen Robbins Schug's A Companion to South Asia in the Past PDF

By Gwen Robbins Schug

ISBN-10: 1119055482

ISBN-13: 9781119055488

A spouse to South Asia within the Past offers the definitive evaluate of study and data approximately South Asia’s prior, from the Pleistocene to the old period in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, supplied by means of a really worldwide group of experts.

  • The so much complete and specific scholarly therapy of South Asian archaeology and organic anthropology, supplying ground-breaking new rules and destiny challenges 
  • Provides an in-depth and extensive view of the present kingdom of data approximately South Asia’s prior, from the Pleistocene to the historical period in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal
  • A complete remedy of analysis in a very important sector for human evolution and biocultural adaptation
  • A international workforce of students jointly current a various set of views on South Asian pre- and proto-history

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The South Indian megalithic monuments have undergone only limited excavation and we have only a restricted understanding of the origin, growth, diffusion, authorship, chronology, and material culture of this period in South Indian protohistory. Using a textual and ethnographic approach, K. Rajan provides a nuanced interpretation of the meaning and significance of these monuments (Chapter 19). First, he uses inscriptions on potsherds and accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) methods to date South Asian megalithic monuments to the Early Historic, up to the fifth century bce.

Siwalik Fossil Primates Since the mid‐1830s, a variety of fossil primates have been discovered. These new fossils have contributed much to our understanding of the evolution and diversification of p­rimates in general, and of South Asian hominoids in particular. The earliest record of a fossil p­rimate from the Siwaliks is that of a cercopithecoid discovered in 1836 by Falconer and Cautley (De Terra and Paterson, 1939; Gaur, 1987). Since 1836, a number of primate taxa have been reported from the Siwaliks, including a lorisid (Nycteceboides), an adapid (Sivaladapis), cercopithecoid (Macaca, Presbytis, Procynocephalus, Theropithecus), and hominoid (Krishnapithecus, Indopithecus, Sivapithecus) genera.

Scholarly interest in South Asia is burgeoning and an increasing number of scholarly books and articles attest to this exploding interest in South Asian pre‐ and protohistory. With a growing crop of fresh young investigators comes a diverse suite of analytical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to understanding complexity in the past. Long‐ standing questions about the development of sociocultural diversity in South Asia are being approached with fresh scientific investigations, including recent excavations.

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