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A Unique Memorial to a Learned Lady
- Recent discovery of a stone portrait of a woman scholar of the 10th century.
An Extensive Middle Palaeolithic Quarry Landscape in the Kaladgi Basin
- The Kaladgi Basin is a well-known region of southern India as the area has been subject to archaeological surveys from the 1960s to the 1980s. Survey has resulted in the identification of 191 Middle Palaeolithic localities along the margins of the Malaprabha and Ghataprabha rivers.
Archaeology in the Third World
- Review by D. P. Agrawal of Dilip K. Chakrabarti's 2003 volume.
Archaic Indian Punch Marked Coins
- An article by Shailendra Bhandare on approaches to the classification of Archaic Indian punch marked coins.
Artifacts or Geofacts?
- An alternative explanation of alleged artifacts from the Gulf of Cambay, western India.
Asoka Statues Unearthed in India
- An article from the BBC reporting the discovery of two statues of King Asoka.
- Banawali Mound lies 14 kms, north-west of Fatehbad on the right bank of the Rangoi Nala. It is spread over an 1kmsq area and is 10 meters high.
Buddhist Archaeological Sites
- A survey of Buddhist archaeological sites with links to photographs of surviving stupas and museum sculpture collections.
Concern Over Distortions
- An article in Frontline reporting that participants at the Kolkata session of the Indian History Congress express concern over attempts to distort history in school textbooks and thus subvert secular education.
Excavations at the Palaeolithic Site of Attirampakkam
- Significant conceptual developments in Indian prehistory and Quaternary studies had their origin in research at this site, which was also characterised as a type-site of the Acheulian handaxe-based 'Madras Industries'.
Group of Monuments at Hampi
- A brief description and justification for inscription.
Heritage in Ruins
- From Tribune, 20 km from Chandigarh, is the township of Pinjore, which is steeped in history; besides being a retreat for tourists, has remained the centre of attraction for art lovers and archaeologists who come here to see these rare archaeological findings
Hindutva and History
- An editorial article in Frontline discussing history as projected by Hindutva ideologues, which is being introduced to children through textbooks and is being imposed upon research institutes.
India Uncovers Ancient Buddhist Marvel
- An article from the BBC reporting the excavation in Bihar, of one of the world's tallest Buddhist stupas.
Lost City Found Off Indian Coast
- From the BBC, a city which has been the subject of legend for thousands of years is discovered off the south-east coast of India.
Man and Man-Lion: the Philadelphia Narasimha
- Article by Dr. Michael W. Meister discussing a red sandstone attached sculpture of Narasimha (Vishnu as the Man-Lion or Killer of Demons).
Peopling of India
- An article discussing research into mDNA base sequences, combined with archaeological and linguistic data as applied to the question of the peopling of India.
Prehistoric Rock Paintings in India
- Examples of cave art dating back over 20,000 years.
Saraswati Project May be Buried
- From the Times of India, a pet project of the then culture minister Jagmohan, officials now indicate that it would be certainly axed.
Social Life in Medieval Deccan : Status of Women
- Status of Women in 14th Century South India.
The Gulf of Khambat Debate
- Discussion with two eminent historians on the underwater discoveries in the Gulf of Khambat, announced in January 2002.
The Herders' Monuments
- Information about these ashmounds formed by the accumulation of burned dung in the pastoral settlements of the Neolithic of Southern Deccan.
The Origins of Iron-working in India
- Recent excavations in Uttar Pradesh have turned up iron artefacts, furnaces, tuyeres and slag in layers radiocarbon dated between c. BCE 1800 and 1000. [PDF]
The Rock Art of Central India
- Dr Jean Clottes describes the amazing paintings and engravings found at sites throughout central India. Includes an Indian rock art painting and engraving gallery.
Urn-burial Site Found at Adichanallur
- From the Hindu, 20 urns, painted pot sherds, black ware and red ware have been unearthed. The burial site is adjacent to a lake on a huge mound on the southern bank of the Tamiraparani.
Mother Goddess Figurines Found in Tamil Nadu
- From the Hindu, terracotta figurines of the Mother Goddess have been found at Andipatti in Tiruvannamalai district and Modur in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu during excavations conducted by the State Archaeology Department. (May 25, 2005)
The Tell-tale Pallava Stamp
- From the Hindu, a newly revealed Tamil inscription confirms the origins of an unearthed Mamallapuram temple. (April 29, 2005)
Iron Age Habitational Site Found at Adichanallur
- From The Hindu, habitational site of the Iron Age people who were buried in big urns at Adichanallur, 24 km from Tirunelveli town in Tamil Nadu. (April 03, 2005)
- Treats the beginning of Brahmanical figures in Northern India which are seen as visual images of cosmogonic theory. Their anthropomorphic figures are emanatory, issuing from a central figure and represent, not a group of figures, but a process of cosmic becoming in its continuity. Form 'multiple icons' as phases of the process of creation, and is shown as an ongoing, uninterrupted whole. (July 05, 2004)
997 A.D. Stone Inscriptions Found in Tamil Nadu
- From the Hindu, bilingual inscriptions in Tamil `vatteluttu' and Sanskrit in Grantha letters engraved on an outlet stone of a big lake has been found at Madakkulam village near Srivilliputhur, Virudhunagar district. (July 04, 2004)
Historical Sites in Gujrat Crumbling
- From Daily Times, historical sites in Gujrat are crumbling and the district government has made no arrangements to preserve and protect the rich heritage for future generations. (May 09, 2004)
Hunting for Muziris
- From the Hindu, archaeologist has been in the limelight after he put forward a hypothesis, based on some striking pieces of evidence, that Muziris, the legendary seaport of the ancient world, stood at Pattanam, a small town some 12 km south of the Periyar rivermouth. (April 28, 2004)
Ancient Indians Made 'Rock Music'
- From the BBC, archaeologists rediscover a huge rock art site in India where inhabitants used the local rocks to make musical sounds. (March 19, 2004)
Monk Mummy Found in Mountains
- From phayul, a mummy of a Tibetan Buddhist monk, believed to be about 500 years old, has been found in India's northern Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh (March 05, 2004)
Buddha Site Celebrates U.N. Status
- From the BBC, ancient Indian temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, is formally dedicated as a World Heritage site. (February 19, 2004)
A Puzzling Wreck
- From Archaeology, India's first ancient shipwreck, discovered recently in the coastal town of Kadakkarapally, has archaeologists stumped. (January 07, 2004)
1,100-year-old Chola Stone Inscription Found
- From the Hindu, inscription of the Parantaka Chola period has been discovered at a Siva temple at Ezhuchur, near Padappai, in Sriperumbudur taluk of Kancheepuram District. (December 31, 2003)
A Monumental Effort
- From Frontline, after a delay of about 40 years, the master plan to beautify Mamallapuram, a World Heritage Site, becomes a reality. (November 08, 2003)
1000-year-old, Long Tamil Inscription Found
- From the Hindu, a long inscription in Tamil, running to 28 lines and about 1,000 years old, has been discovered at a temple in Ennayiram village, 18 km from Villupuram town in Tamil Nadu. (November 06, 2003)
Experts Split on Ayodhya Findings
- From BBC, an archaeological report it was hoped would resolve the row over the north Indian religious site only entrenches opinions. (August 23, 2003)
Ayodhya Excavations Completed
- From BBC, archaeologists complete excavation work on the religious site in northern India, the subject of dispute between Hindus and Muslims. (August 08, 2003)
Orality to literacy: Transition in Early Tamil Society
- Brahmi script reached Upper South India and the Tamil country at about the same time during the 3rd century B.C.E. in the wake of the southern spread of Jainism and Buddhism. (April 11, 2003)
Excavations to Resolve Temple Row
- From Guardian Unlimited, a court in India ordered archaeologists to excavate the site of the demolished Ayodhya mosque to determine whether a Hindu temple ever existed there. (March 03, 2003)
Mystery of Delhi's Iron Pillar Unraveled
- Metallurgists at Kanpur IIT have discovered that a thin layer of misawite, a compound of iron, oxygen and hydrogen, has protected the 1,600-year-old cast iron pillar from rust. (July 18, 2002)
Urns Proof of Ancient Pot Burial
- From the Telegraph, evidence of a prehistoric burial custom of interring dead people in pots has again surfaced in Tamil Nadu with the chance discovery of six “burial urns” in Tirunelveli district. (June 20, 2002)
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