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Prehistory and Protohistory of India
Author : K.C.J ain
ISBN : 978-81-7320-191-2
Edition : 2019
Language : English
Size & Pages : 29 cm, P.P. 388,
Publisher : Agam Kala Prakashan
Format : Hardbound
Price : Rs. 2950



This book gives on idea of the stages of evolution and growth of Indian Culture from the earliest times to sixth Century B.C., period which was once considered to be dark in history. The tools and implements of stone or bone, fossils, potsherds, seals, metal objects, terracotta’s, sculptures and remains of houses, villages and town as well as  traditions contained in the Vedas, the epic and Puranas have been critically studied in order to reconstruct the history of this period. Previous works on the subjects have been utilized but certain conclusions are new.

The author first explains the meaning of Prehistory and Protohistory, and then given geological and geographical background for proper understanding. Different Stone Age Cultures with their characteristics such as tool technique, raw material, distribution, ecology, date and origin and authors of the rock paintings which reveal only the stage of culture. The extent, date, origin have been described. Nothing can be said positively about the date and the authors, religious, social and economic conditions, art, end and survivals of the Harappan culture have been discussed in the light of newly discovered material. The Chalcolithic Culture with different ceramic regional traits has been dealt with. The authors of the Chalcolithic Cultures and the copper hoards have been examined. Early Iron Age Culture Associated with the Black and Red-Ware, painted Grey Ware and Megalithic Ware has been described. The author is of the view that the age of the Vedic Culture covers   from 1200 B.C. to 600 B.C., and the traditional history cannot be relied upon unless corroborated by some contemporary independent evidence. If literary traditions are interpreted archaeologically, the Aryans mentioned in the Vedas appear to be the authors of the Black and Red Ware Culture and Painted Grey Ware Culture.

This study, written in a lucid and expressive style, documented with Bibliography, Index, Maps and Illustrations will be found useful to the students of Ancient Indian history, Culture and Archaeology.


Born on 21st April, 1930 at Maroth in Nagaur district of Rajasthan, Dr. K.C. Jain got a Merit Scholarship at the graduate level in the Maharaja’s College, Jaipur (1947-51). He completed his post-graduate studies at the Patna University (1953), got Ph.D. and D.Lit. in 1956 and 1963 respectively from the Rajasthan University. He served Maharajas College, Jaipur, Govt.College, Ajmer, Raj Rishi College, Alwar till 1964; joined Vikram University in 1964 and the present is Head, school of Studies in Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology, Vikram University, Ujjain.  He has been a member of International Conference of Orientatists, 1963, Delhi; All India Oriental Conference,  Indian History Congress Institute of Historical Studies, Epigraphical Society of India, Numismatics Society of India, Rajasthan History of Congress  and M.P.  Itihas Parishad. He possesses research experience of about 25 years. He is the author of Jainism in Rajasthan, Ancient Cities and Towns of Rajasthan, Malwa through the Ages,Lord Mahavira and His Times and Prachina Bharata me Samajika evam Arthika Samsthayem (Hindi). Besides, he has published numerous research papers in diffrents Research Journals of India. He has been a recipient of the Merit pay awarded for his commendable research work by the Government of Rajasthan in 1966. His works have been recognized aboard as well. 


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