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Material Life of Northern India
Author : Dr. Mohammad Nazrul Bari
ISBN : 978-81-7320-168-4
Edition : 2017
Language : Engilsh
Size & Pages : 23 cm, 240, Illus. Maps, Tables & Line Drawing
Publisher : Agam Kala Prakashan
Format : Hardbound
Price : Rs. 1100/-


The  Book

The present monograph is a result of the comprehensive and scientific study of the Material Life of Northern India between C. 600 BC to 300 BC. For the better understanding of the contents, the author has presented a synthetic study of the twin sources viz. archaeological and literary sources within the limitations and scope of the given topic and available data. This period also marks the process of political fusion culminating in the first ever great empire of ancient India. Interestingly the material background of this period led to the origin of a number of sects and second urbanization. The book is also helpful to understand the state formation and social proliferation. The authors divides his data into deductions of food habits, construction of house, agricultural activities vis-a vis crops cultivated with the idea of seasonal variations and the irrigational resources exploited, the knowledge of varied technology applied in the making of objects of daily use in metals such as gold, silver and copper, objects of stone, bone, ivory and clay by the people of that remote past make the book worth reading. The book will be highly useful to the research students and scholars working on ancient Indian history, culture & archeology to get a more comparative and comprehensive understanding of the subject.


The Author

Dr. Mohammad Nazrul Bari did his PhD from the Center of Advanced Studies, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. On leave vacancy, he stared his teaching career in the same department. After working for some time in the P.G department of History, Kashmir University, Srinagar (J & K), Dr. Bari joined Poona College, Pune in Maharashtra. Currently Dr. Bari is the Assistant Professor & Coordinator, Department of History, School of Social and Behavioral Science, Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga.


Expert Views

This thesis is thoroughly researched and referenced, listing approximately 280 references... The author's key sources are the forty four archeological excavations he list in the appendix. The author divides his data into his deductions of food productions, architectural evidence, metal objects, indications of metallurgy, finds of bone and ivory, stone objects and ceramics…..The thesis is strong on empirical evidence………

Robert G. Bednarik, Professor & Director, International Institute of Replicative  Archaeology,  Australia

Dr. Mohammad Nazrul Bari's book titled “Material Life in Northern India C. 600 BCE  to 300 BCE” which is a result of meticulous archaeological and historical analysis of data retrieved through some field studies and rigorous literary surveys.  I am privileged to read his manuscript before being published and happy to recommend it as one of the best historical reviews of the particular period by a promising academic who is surely be an asset to Indian scholarship.

Anura Manatunga, Professor, Department of Archaeology & Director, Centre for Asian Studies University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

"In this thoughtful monograph, Dr.Bari has brought to light very fascinatingly the material life of the entire northern India from 600 BCE to 300 BCE by correlating the archaeological findings with literary sources, which is a vital contribution to our understanding of South Asian Cultural legacy".

Shahnaj Husne Jahan, Professor and Director, Center for Archaeological Studies (CAS), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Dhaka, Bangladesh.



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