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Artefacts of History

Artefacts of History
Archaeology, Historiography and Indian Pasts

  • Sudeshna Guha - Associate Researcher, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge and Tagore Research Scholar, National Museum in New Delhi.

© 2015 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

This book encourages us to critically regard the ways in which ideologies of cultural heritage and civilisational legacies are transformed into tangible and visible things through archaeological scholarship.

Through little-known histories of the practices, governance and scholarship of the archaeology of India, this book re-examines the manner in which the past is recalled and historicized. It guides us to think afresh of the histories of antiquarianism in South Asia, explore the impetus of collecting and curatorial practices within the scholarship of pre-colonial India, and investigate the diverse linkages within the histories of Indian archaeology. It encourages a focus upon issues of historiography, methodology and notions of evidence and looks in to the responsibilities and changing needs of the academic scholarship of archaeology. 


List of Illustrations
Histories, Historiography, Archaeology: An Introduction
Antiquarianism and South Asia: Questioning Histories of Origins
Nineveh in Bombay: The Curation of Foreign Antiquities and Histories of India
The Connected Histories of Philology and Archaeology
Fashioning the Unknown: Gordon Childe’s Imprints upon the Indus Civilisation
Civilisation, Heritage and the Archaeological Scholarship
A Vision for Archaeology: Partition, Nationalism and the 'Indian' Pasts

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ISBN: 9789351501640