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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
      archaeological context.
      List of Abbreviations
      List of Illustrations
      1. Introduction
      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
      11. Iron
      12. Zinc and Brass
      13. Tin, Lead and Arsenic
      14. Conclusions



      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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