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From the Ganga Plain to the Eastern and Western Deccan: a Field-Studyof the Ancient Routes
Field-Study of the Ancient Routes(1999-2000;to 2002-2003) :From the ganga Plain to the Eastern and Westren Deccan
  The objective of this project was to understand the geographical and archaeological outline of the routes which linked the ancient Ganga-Yamuna plain,beginning with Magadha or modern south bihar ,to the eastern and western section of the Deccan Plateau,namely Andhra and Maharastra .This project was undertaken by Dilip K.Chakrabarti,South Asian Section of the Department of archaeology and BHU also participated in the fieldwork.The route covered in these surveys,lead in turn to the routes of the areas which have not been surveyed or only partially surveyed.From this point of view the internal routes of the subcontinent were,even in the ancient context,as closely interlinked as they are now.The long alignments linking the two sections of the Deccan-Maharastra and Andhra-are in a sense extensions of the routes moving into them form the Ganga plain.For instance,the route traced up to Nasik via Dhulia from the north of the Narmada goes straight to Maharastra’s Konkan coast ports of Sopara and Kalyan,linked in their turn with the coast of Andhra via the famous rock-cut caves of the western Ghats and the famous early historic city site of Ter.The route which came form the Ganga plain as far south as Paithan
Ancient Settlements of the Ganga Plain (1996-2005)
  This project was undertaken by Dilip K.Chakrabarti,South Asian Section of the department of Archaeology,Cambridge University Directoraste of the U.P State Archaeology and BHU also participated in the fieldwork This project was undertaken by Dilip K.Chakrabarti,South Asian Section of the department of Archaeology,Cambridge University Directoraste of the U.P State Archaeology and BHU also participated in the fieldwork
The aim of this project was to understand the long-term settlemet history of the valley with reference to the locations of the sites and the inferences which may be drawn on that basis about land-use,plateau-valley interaction,routes and textually known ancient politicalterritories
Ancient Settlements of the Ganga Plain (1996-2005)
  Keeping the status of research in mind Village to Village survey project has been undertaken to enlist all the antiquarian remains of the district irrespective of the consideration whether they belong to pre and proto-historic period or to the medieval period.
During the course of exploration hundreds pf pre and proto-historic,early historic and later sites comprising of stone artefacts,potsherds,megaliths,painted rock shelters,ancient stone quarries,stone temples,inscription and stone sculptures,etc have been documented,including a large number of unreported ones.Mention may be made of painted rock shelters nera Ahraura and Nikarika,stone celts of Lusa
ancient mounds of Ahraura,Bhagawati Dei,Bhulli,Bidaur,Dohar,Gaurawa,Majhiar,Baghera Kalan,Khurd and Bataunha,temple remains,stone sculptures from Aghwars,Barji Mukundpur,Jasowar,Bataunha,Bardiha Khurd,etc.These evidences provide a clearunderstanding about the settlements pattern of the ancient sites in the region,cultural and religious activities,alignments of ancient routes connecting Varanasi/Mirzapur region with Jhusi-Kausambi region in the west,Ayodhya (Saket) in the North,Pataliputra (Patna) in the east and Deccan in the South.
Over 450 archaeological sites,reported till date in Mirzapur district by the earlier investigaters as well as by the Directorate of Archaeology Uttar Pradesh,have been listed and documented.
Exploration district Jhansi (continuing)
  A good number of Palaeolithic sites have been reported form different areas of Jhansi district.At the same time numerous sittes and remains of the Gupta Period onwards are well known.Thus there existed a lack of evidence for the interregnum between the pre-historic and Gupta period.However,the well known ancient site of Eric located on right bank of the Betwa River fills this gap.This site contains culture material datable between proto-historic and modern times,indicating that there might be some more protohistoric and early historic sites in the vicinity,which may fill this gap in a considerable manner.With the\is in mind the exploration project was undertaken.The exploration along the Dhasan River have brought to light a good number of protohistoric/early historic sites.Most of these sites are situated between Erich,in the north of ancient Chedi Pradesh and the ancientVidisha in the South,which indicates an alignment of contact between regions in ancient times.
Publication
Chakrabarti, Dilip K., Rakesh. Tewari, R.N. Singh 2000. 'The Archaeology of the Deccan Routes: A Preliminary Report on the Fieldwork in 1999', Pragdhara . 10, pp. 121-33..
Chakrabarti, Dilip K., Rakesh. Tewari, R.N. Singh 2001. 'The Archaeology of the Deccan Routes: A Preliminary Report on the Field Work in 2000', Pragdhara . 11, pp. 77-79.
Chakrabarti, Dilip K., Rakesh Tewari, R.N. Singh 2002. 'The Archaeology of the Deccan Routes: A Preliminary Report on the Fieldwork in 2001', Pragdhara . 12, pp. 67-79.
Dilip K. Chakrabarti, Rakesh Tewari and R. N.Singh 2003. 'A Preliminary report on the fieldwork on the Deccan routes in 2002', Pragdhra 13.
Chakrabarti, Dilip K., Rakesh Tewari and R. N.Singh 2003. 'From the Ganga Plain to the Eastern and Western Deccan: a Field-Study of the Ancient Routes', submitted for publication in South Asian Studies 19, U.K..
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