A Companion to South Asia in the Past by Gwen Robbins Schug

By Gwen Robbins Schug

A significant other to South Asia within the Past presents the definitive evaluation of analysis and data approximately South Asia’s prior, from the Pleistocene to the historical period in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, supplied through a very worldwide group of experts.

  • The so much entire and special scholarly remedy of South Asian archaeology and organic anthropology, supplying ground-breaking new principles and destiny challenges 
  • Provides an in-depth and vast view of the present country of data approximately South Asia’s earlier, from the Pleistocene to the old period in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal
  • A finished remedy of study in an important quarter for human evolution and biocultural adaptation
  • A worldwide group of students jointly current a diversified set of views on South Asian pre- and proto-history

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Danino uses conceptual, methodological, and interpretive approaches to deconstruct the idea of the “Aryan invasion” before disowning the notion of Central Asia’s assumed contribution in the second millennium bce of a major share of the Indian subcontinent’s gene pool. He explains and ultimately rejects neocolonial ideas that tribal groups are the relics of India’s “original” inhabitants while upper castes descend from recent Indo‐Aryan immigrants. Finally, Danino argues for a “Paleolithic” origin for most Indian populations, including upper castes.

Consequently, this area is one of the most extensively explored freshwater rock sequences in the world. The Siwaliks span the political boundaries of Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bhutan. In the north, the deposit is bordered by the Lesser Himalaya and in the south by the Indo‐Gangetic Plain. It consists of clay stones, sandstones, siltstones, and conglomerates of various hues and colors, which were deposited by the extensive riverine systems flowing southward from the Himalayas. These deposits are A Companion to South Asia in the Past, First Edition.

He also recommends desired administrative and academic steps for further research in the discipline. In Chapter 32, V. Mushrif‐Tripathy and colleagues conclude the book by providing a very useful resource for students and scholars who will take up the mantle of future research in the bioarchaeology of the subcontinent. They provide an updated and comprehensive account of the human skeletal collections in India, their characteristics, current location, and major research citations. The primary objective of this chapter is to acquaint readers with the large number of human skeletal remains excavated from archaeological sites in India.

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