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Agrawal, D. P.,
Ancient Metal Technology and Archaeology of South Asia : A Pan-Asian
Perspective / D. P. Agrawal. 1st ed. New Delhi, Aryan Books International.
2000. xvi, 254 p. ills. maps. 29 cm.
ISBN: 8173051771 $ 132.70 KK-09202
The focus of the book is primarily on the ancient metal technology of South
Asia. Archaeometallurgy has been situated in the matrix of archaeology.
Such studies have a meaning only in the human context of the past. The
Introductory chapter of the book emphasises, by giving examples, what such
technical studies should aim at and what all one can glean about the past
through them. The main emphasis is on copper/bronze but other metals have
been duly covered: silver, gold, tin, arsenic, lead, brass and iron. As more
detailed work is available now for the Indus Civilisation and its antecedent
cultures, it has been discussed in two detailed chapters. But the other
Chalcolithic cultures and the Copper Hoards have also been dealt with in
adequate detail. The history of brass is quite polemical and it has
therefore been given one full chapter. The chapter on iron summarises all
the relevant issues but one could not go into all the details, as it
requires a book to itself. The Central Himalayan region has been shown to be
equally important for understanding the archaeometallury of South Asia.
Linguistic evidence has been used to emphasise some of the new perspectives.
Socio-economic implications of the archaeometallurgical evidence have been
thoroughly discussed. The development of Indian metal technologies has been
given in a global perspective but with a different bias. So far the emphasis
has always been on West Asia. For the first time South Asian
archaeometallurgy has been studied in the context of the eastern cultures of
China, Thailand and Japan. The book gives an up-to-date summary of the
recent archaeometallurgical evidence from China, Japan and Thailand. The
problems to be addressed to in the future studies have also been
All in all it is a book with a different perspective, written without using
much technical jargon, tracing the evolution of metal technologies in an
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
2. Mines, Minerals and Old Workings
3. Archaeometallurgical Techniques
4. Pre-Harappan Metallurgy : Prelude to Harappan Urbanisation
5. Harappan Metallurgy
6. Copper Hoards Metal Technology
7. Chalcolithic Metal Technology
8. Central Himalayas, Indian Archaeometallurgy and Ethnometallurgy
9. Southeast Asian Archaeometallurgy
10. Early Metallurgy in China and Japan
12. Zinc and Brass
13. Tin, Lead and Arsenic
In the course of his long academic career, Prof. D. P. Agrawal has worked
with the Archaeological Survey of India, Tata Institute of Fundamental
Research, Bombay and Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad. His
research contributions have been varied and multi-disciplinary - mainly in
the fields of archaeology, radiocarbon & TL dating, archaeometallurgy, and
palaeoenvironment. He retired as a senior professor and chairman of a large
multi-disciplinary group at Physical Research Laboratory. He has been a
visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and International
Research Centre at Kyoto for a year each.
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