Living with Floods: Archaeology of a Settlement in Lower Ganga Plains, c. 600-1800 CE.
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Formerly Associate Professor, Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, Visva-Bharati University
Arun K. Nag
Formerly Professor, Ancient History and Archaeology, Visva-Bharati University
Professor of Geography, University of Calcutta
This book seeks to understand archaeological sites unearthed upon excavations at Balupur and their relationship with the dynamic alluvial environment of north Bengal between c. 600–1800 CE. Moving away from the prevalent emphasis on the study of art and architecture, it aims to bring back the ‘human’ to the study of these cultural periods through a study of the formation and changing character of past habitation settlements. It is a multidisciplinary work involving archaeology, geography, zoology, botany, sedimentology, and paleoanthropology, seeking to understand the interaction between changes in the landscape and various aspects of cultural adaptation in a zone where humans are constantly living with floods and shifting river courses. An important contribution of this book is a diachronic study of the fluvial environment of this region using rare maps, satellite images and field studies.