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Protohistoric Culture of Tungabhadra Valley
Author : M.S. Nagaraja Rao
ISBN : 978-93-81843-29-1
Edition : 2020
Language : English
Size & Pages : 26, cm, pp176 Illus
Publisher : Swati Publications
Format : Hardbound
Price : Rs. 1950


Tungrabhadra valley


The Author

Dr.  M.S. Nagaraja Rao (b.1932), obtained M.A. degree in Indology, with first class from the University of Mysore, in 1955 under Prof. K.A. Nilakanta Sastri. With a U.G.C. Scholarship (1962) he worked in the Deccan College on the Chalcolithic cultures of the Deccan with Special reference to North Karnataka under the guidance of Dr. Sankalia and was awarded Ph.D. Degree of the Poona University (1967). In 1966 he went to U.K. on a Commonwealth Scholarship & worked under Dr. Allchin. He was also awarded the john D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund fellowship to undergo training in Museoloogy at the Institute of Five Arts & Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Dr. Rao has several excavations to his credit. He is a member of several professional organizations. He was one of three Indian delegates to the UNESCO seminar on the development of Museum in South-East Asia (Delhi-Bombay in 1966). He has also participated in several conference on Museums held in Poland, West Germany, United Kingdom, and U.S.S.R. He has visited many important Museums in Western Europe, U.S.A. Mexico and U.S.S.R. He is member of the International Council of Museums and Executive members of the Commonwealth Association of Museums.

Dr. Rao stated as on Epigraphist of the State Archaeological Deptt.  Mysore,  and also served  in the Survey  Archaeological  for some years before becoming  the curator of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, Karnataka University ( 1964-1972), from which  position  he  took over the reins as Director of Archaeology and Museums in Karnataka. He was former Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi. He has several publications to his credit


The Book

The book Protohistoric Cultures of Tungabhadra Valley, Dr. Nagaraja Rao reports the revealing results of his excavations at the ancient site of Hallur, on the bank of the Tungabhadra in Mysore State. The excavations have provided a clear picture of life from the Neolithic times to the time of early introduction of iron in the Mysore region in South India. The radio-carbon dates for the site show that this time span extended from about 1800 B.C. to 1000 B.C. In the words of Dr. F.R. Allchin, an authority on Indian Archaeology, of Cambridge University, “among the many striking discoveries, we need only mention three: the radio-carbon dating  for the introduction of iron at Hallur to the very beginning of the first millennium B.C., if not before; the discovery of equine remains during the final phase of the preceding period (suggestively pointing towards the arrival of new elements of population from far to the north); and the discovery of Ragi (Eleusine coracana), proving that this grain was already used as a foodstuff during the second millennium B.C.” The report also has contributions by two experts on animal and plant remains, which has enhanced the value of the report. Dr. K.R. Alur, an expert in veterinary science, has studied the animal remains while Dr. Vishnu Mittre of the famous Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobatany, has reported on plant remains.







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