xiv, 549p., Figs., Tables, Plts., Illus., Index, 25 cm.
CONTENTS:- Mesolithic Culture in India: Keynote; Palaeo-ecological Factors in the Relative Isolation of Population in the Indian Mesolithic; Chrono-cultural Interpretation of Microlith using cultures of India; Habitus, Symbolic Archaeology and Interpretation of Arcaeological 'Text"' The Epipalaeolithic-Mesolithic Culture of Afghanistan; Mesolithic Culture of Gujarat; The Mesolithic Culture in the Drsang Valley, Gujarat; Mesolithic Chatisgarh; Mesolithic Settlements in Andhra Pradesh; Human Skeletons at Lekhahia; Mesolithic Gangetic Plain; A Short Note on the Mesolithic Culture Bihar; Mesolithic Cultures in West Bengal; Mesolithic Burials in India; Mesolithic Fauna of India with special reference to the Central Ganga Valley; Hunting Strategy of the Mesolithic Folk as revealed by Rock Painting; Mesolithic Rock Art; Aesthetics and Mesolithic Art and Artefacts: An Analysis of the underlying Principles of Art; Origin, Chronology and Transformation of the Mesolithic Culture in India; Early Holocene Farming Cultures of Eastern India.
This volume comprises 30 papers presented at a seminar held at Dept of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology, Univ of Allahabad. Of these papers as many as nine are related to regional study and one to a particular site (Lekhahia). Five papers are devoted to rock art, two to the Mesolithic fauna, one to technology and one to burial practices. Three are general papers pertaining to the culture. One paper deals with bone-objects while one with the microwear studies. Also highlighted the Epipalaeolithic and Mesolithic culture of Afghanistan. The origin, chronology and evolution of the Mesolithic culture have also been discussed. Of all 30 paers, as many as 26 are in English and 4 in Hindi.