CONTENTS:- Foreword; Preface; List of Illustrations; Approaches to the Study of Early Historic Urbanization; Evolution of Settlement Pattern at Mathura; Mathura as a Political Centre; Society at Mathura; Economy at Mathura; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Studies in Early Indian Urbanization particularly with a view to examining the settlement pattern and socio structure of an individual urban centre, are rare in South Asian Archaeology. The present study has been undertaken to spacial aspect of Mathura's early growth and culture and its socio-political and economic history. Drawing on the archaeological studies and also on the text and inscriptions, it explorers the character of Mathura as a city. The author has charted the development of the settlement pattern in Mathura region in this book. It covers the period from sixth century BC up to the end of the Gupta period. It also reflects the changing [erspectives, methodologies and approaches to the study of the early Indian urban centre. The evidence for an early economy has been provided by archaeological excavations. This combined with literary evidence suggest that Mathura can be seen as an important variant in the typology of early historical urban centres, primarily because of the wealth od its art and epigraphy.