Social History of Indian metalcrafts: Some archaeometallurgical and ethnoarchaeological insights

Srinivasan, Sharada (2009) Social History of Indian metalcrafts: Some archaeometallurgical and ethnoarchaeological insights. In: A Social History of Early India. PHISPC Series; CSC, II Part 5 . Pearson and Longman, New Delhi, pp. 251-268. ISBN 978-81-317-1958-9

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    Abstract: This essay attempts to throw light on the social history of ancient Indian metal crafts broadly spanning the period from protohistory to the early medieval period by exploring ethnoarchaeological, archaeometallurgical and technological perspectives juxtaposed with inscriptional or epigraphical evidence, concentrating mainly on copper alloys. A rich repertoire of traditional Indian metal crafts survive today which can be seen to show continuity with techniques followed over a millennia. Most Indian craft traditions were practised anonymously with few instances of records being maintained about their activities and rather few examples of any signatures or inscriptions left behind by the craftsmen on the artefacts themselves. There is hence less by way of epigraphic or inscriptional evidence to gain fuller insights into the social history of these crafts and artisans. Within this context, ethnoarchaeological perspectives obtained from surviving craft traditions can become important windows into gaining a better understanding of the organization and milieu of some of these craft traditions.
    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Copyright belongs to Centre for Study in Civilizations
    Subjects: School of Humanities > Archaeology
    Divisions: Schools > Humanities
    Depositing User: NIAS IR Administrator
    Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2012 05:13
    Last Modified: 23 Jul 2012 06:12
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/330

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