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Ancient Asia
69 Publications
OpenAIRE 3.0 (OA, funding)


  • Editorial

    The genesis of the Society of South Asia Archaeology (SOSAA) lies in the fact that over the years many scholars have suggested the need for a dedicated platform where young archaeologists can present their research and views openly without fear and reproach. It was also suggested that this forum should be structured in a manner that permits extended discussion beyond the usual question and answer session. It was further decided to create a society that would deal with the a...


    The editors are happy to release the second issue of the journal Ancient Asia, which was long overdue. Due to the circumstances beyond our control, there has been inordinate delay in publishing this issue. However, the future issues of the journal will be published on time annually. The present issue carries ten research articles, ranging in time and subject matter from fifth millennium BCE Protohistoric to the Historical period and covering the region from Bangladesh in the east to Ira...

    Seafaring Archaeology of the East Coast of India and Southeast Asia during the Early Historical Period

    The concept of trade in ancient India was quite different from modern times. In olden day’s mariners, artisans, traders, Buddhist monks and religious leaders used to set sail together and this trend continued till the advent of modern shipping. The representation of art on the walls of the caves, stupas and temples enlighten us regarding their joint ventures, experiences and problems faced during the sea voyages. The finding of varieties of pottery, punch marked and Roman coins, Brahmi and Kh...

    Theory of Adaptive Change (TAC): Understanding Origin of Agricultural Lifestyle in North-Western India

    North-western India is now emerging as one of those places where the transition(s) from hunting gathering to farming occurred indigenously, so it is feasible to observe the processual change within the region as a whole. This transformation which represents a profound social change is generally attributed to traditional climate forcing model leading to a collapse of foraging economies. This paper discusses that the origin of agricultural lifestyle in north-western India did not happen only be...

    Smaller but not Secondary: Evidence of Rodents in Archaeological Context in India

    The small site archaeology has a remarkable potential to contribute on many greater issues in archaeological studies. Similarly, micro dimensional data of any category should prove to be of great importance if studied judiciously. The present paper intends to point out this very fact with a special reference to skeletal remains of micromammals in the category of rodents as a special case. This topic has been specifically undertaken because it is largely observed that such skeletal material te...
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