The Discovery of Ancient India
Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology
“... tells the tale through the life histories of monuments, through the
motivations and tensions that marked British rule in India and, above
all, through those individuals who pioneered a shift from a textual
depiction of India's past to one based on archaeology” — Nayanjot Lahiri, India Today
It focuses, at the outset, on the ideas and work of Alexander Cunningham, the first Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India, as well as his assistants. It then looks at a number of related issues — the different definitions of archaeological research; the conflict between field archaeologists and architectural scholars; the debate over whether antiquities should be left in situ or removed to museums; the different approaches and initiatives towards the conservation of historical monuments.
Finally, it looks at the contributions of Indian scholars to archaeology, and of the Indian princes to the conservation of historical monuments.
UPINDER SINGH is Professor of History, Delhi University. Her earlier books include Ancient Delhi (2004) and A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India (2008)
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