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Early Historical Settlements of Setrunji River in India
 
Author : Ashit Boran Paul
ISBN : 9787-81-7320-156-1
Edition : 2017
Language : English
Size & Pages : 29 cm, pp268, Illus.
Publisher : Agam Kala Prakashan
Format : Hardbound
Price : Rs. 2950

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The Book

The book is the detailed study of the settlement archaeology of the lower Shetrunji river basin and coastal

 
part of Bhavnagar district of Saurashtra in Gujarat during the Early Historic period. The Early Historic
 
period of Gujarat in general and Saurashtra in particular was marked by a growth of large and small size
 
towns such as Amreli, Akota and Valabhipur. The main theme of the present volume is the Early Historic
 
settlements which were located in the lower part of the Shetrunji river basin, i.e. in and around Padri and
 
Hathab. The archaeological importance of Bhavnagar district was established by the some importance
 
discoveries in the field of Prehistoric, Protohistoric and Early Historic archaeology. The Shetrunji river
 
basin and coastal part of Bhavnagar district in Saurashtra played an important role during the Early
 
Historic period (2 nd century B.C.-2 nd century A.D.) as is evident from the excavations at Padri, Talaja
 
Taluka, Bhavnagar District, Saurashtra. The site of Padri is located in the lower Shetrunji river basin and
 
systematically excavated by Prof. Vasant Shinde. The site has yielded three-fold cultural sequence, Early
 
Harappan (3000 B.C.-2600 B.C.), Mature Harappan (2500 B.C.-1900 B.C.) and Early Historic period (2 nd
 
century B.C.-2 nd century A.D.). However, no systematic survey was undertaken in this area. An extensive
 
survey was carried out by the present author along the coast and in the both sides of the lower part of
 
Shetrunji river basin, Bhavnagar district in Gujarat on foot during the field seasons of 1996-98. A total
 
numbers of twenty-two Early Historic as well as Harappan settlements were discovered in the course of
 
explorations in this region. The book contains a detailed study of the development of settlement pattern in
 
global perspectives. A detailed analysis of the pottery and other objects of the systematic excavated site of
 
Padri are available in the book. Besides, the book contains the material cultures of the newly discovered
 
sites. The site has yielded quite a number of terracotta objects such as discs, human and animal figurines,
 
wheels, ear-studs, boat-shaped motifs, toy pots and a circular tablet with Brahmi inscription. This
 
suggests that the peoples in this region knew several games and amused themselves in various ways. The
 
tortoise-shaped Roman copper lamp that has been found at the site shows contact with the Western world
 
in this region during the Early Historic Period. On the basis of occurrences of fishing hooks and others
 
agricultural implements at the site it is assumed that fishing and agricultural activities must have played
 
an important role in their subsistence pattern. The important contribution of this work is that the data from
 
the excavation at Padri was used for dating precisely the Early Historic sites in this region. Besides, an
 
attempt has been made for the first time to study the pattern of Early Historic settlements, function of
 
each settlement and interaction between the various settlements.
 
The Author
 
Ashit Boran Paul (b. 1964) did his Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Vasant Shinde, Vice-Chancellor,
 
Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research University, Pune in 1999 on Early Historic settlements and
 
archeology of Gujarat. At present he is working as Professor at the Department of Archaeology and
 
Provost, Bishwakabi Rabindranath Tagore Hall, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He
 
has been engaged in teaching and research for more than twenty four years. He was previously Dean,
 
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Provost, Al-Beruni Hall, Fajilatunnesa Hall, respectively, Jahangirnagar
 
University. Besides, he served as Chairman (Head of the Department) in the Department of Archaeology,
 
International Relations, and founder chairman, the Department of Journalism and Media Studies of the
 
same university. Dr. Paul was worked as principal consultant in the project of Young Hand Tools in
 
Cultural Resource Management: Special Reference to Paharpur World Heritage Site in Bangladesh
 
funded by UNESCO in 2008. He was also consultant for a project offered by the Education Ministry,
 
Peoples Republic of Bangladesh and also Sub-Project Manager HEQEP, University Grants Commission,
 
Bangladesh. Apart from this, he has conducted archaeological explorations in Bangladesh as well as in
 
India. The author also participated in the excavations at Mahasthangarh, Bogra district, Raja
 
Harishchandra Dhibi, Savar, Dhaka in Bangladesh as well as in Balathal, Udaipur district, Rajasthan,
 
India. He is a member of many learned societies in Bangladesh. His area of specialization on Early
 
Historic Archaeology in Bangladesh. He has produced more than 25 articles in and abroad. He has
 
participated in various national and international seminars and also organized more than one international
 
seminar.
 




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