Can the tinai help understand the Iron Age Early Historic landscape of Tamilnadu?

Haricharan, Smriti and Keerthi, Naresh (2014) Can the tinai help understand the Iron Age Early Historic landscape of Tamilnadu? World Archaeology, 46 (5). pp. 641-660.

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Abstract: The Iron Age-Early Historic landscape of southern India has been subject to scholarly study and scrutiny for over a century now. There is much variation in the chronology, typology and understanding of sites from this period. This paper looks at the habitation, burials and habitation-cum-burial sites of the Iron Age- Early Historic period, from the northern part of Tamilnadu, India. Historians have also used the Sangam texts of classical Tamil, which are believed to be contemporaneous with the archaeological sites considered, to understand the society and culture of this period. However, most of the previous literary and archaeological researches have progressed parallel to each other, thereby resulting in different perspectives for the same research questions. This paper uses the excavated sites from northern Tamilnadu as a case study to explore the possibility of combining archaeological and literary-historical approaches, while examining the advantages and limitations of each approach.
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Keywords: Sangam Literature; Tamilnadu; Iron Age-Early Historic Habitation; Iron Age-Early Historic ‘Megalithic’ burials; tinai.
Subjects: School of Humanities > Archaeology
Programmes > Heritage Science and Society Programme
Divisions: Schools > Humanities
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2015 11:58
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2015 11:58
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