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Archaeology and the Construction of Identities in Medieval North India

01 Jul 2008-Studies in History (SAGE Publications)-Vol. 24, Iss: 2, pp 173-193

AbstractArchaeologists have at times perceived the early medieval to medieval period as marked by a break at the end of the twelfth century, thus separating the period 700–1200 CE—often described as the ‘Rajput’ period—from the period 1200–1500 CE—commonly designated as the ‘Sultanate’ period. It is frequently believed that this break is manifested in the entire range of archaeological materials with clear changes perceived between the two periods. Moreover, there has been a tendency to ascribe particular religious identities to the artefacts of the ‘Rajput’ and ‘Sultanate’ periods. Implicit in such a reading of the material culture are certain assumptions that have been made by archaeologists. One is that a change in political elites will bring about a change in daily practices and, concomitantly, in the artefacts. Another assumption is that certain artefacts indicate a specific religious/ethnic identity and that their use can be attributed only to a particular period. However, while excavating the cuttings at I...

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01 Mar 1998
Abstract: Preface , Abbreviations, List of Illustrations, 1. Introduction 2. Prehistoric Investigations 3. Protohistoric and Early Historic Vestiges 4. Excavations at Purana Qila (1954-55, 1969-73) 5. Excavations at Lal Kot and Anang Tal (1992-95) 6. Medieval Sites: Archaeological Investigations 7. Monuments of Delhi, Select Bibliography , Index

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Abstract: The essence of the argument in this book is that the phenomenon of cultural difference raises profound problems for archaeology at all levels of both theory and practice. This introduction outlines some of these problem areas, and the individual chapters examine various aspects of them from a variety of different viewpoints.

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01 Mar 1998
Abstract: Preface , Abbreviations, List of Illustrations, 1. Introduction 2. Prehistoric Investigations 3. Protohistoric and Early Historic Vestiges 4. Excavations at Purana Qila (1954-55, 1969-73) 5. Excavations at Lal Kot and Anang Tal (1992-95) 6. Medieval Sites: Archaeological Investigations 7. Monuments of Delhi, Select Bibliography , Index

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