This extensive collection represents current work and new theoretical approaches in South Asian landscape archaeology. This book has a number of aims; one is to constitute landscape archaeology as a discrete area of study within South Asian studies, another is to encourage the use of and development of theoretical approaches in South Asia and hopefully garner more archaeological interest in the area, instead of the current circumstances in which it is resolutely ignored. Given the importance of landscape issues to disciplines other than archaeology, and, the way landscape archaeology has borrowed from these disciplines, contributions from heritage studies, architecture, ethnography and the history of cartography are found amongst papers on rock art studies, hunter-gatherer ecology and ritual space.
Robert Harding is a Lecturer in South Asian Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
Introduction; Part 1: Experiencing Landscape; The Social and Economic Landscape of Neolithic North Karnataka; The Position of Punjabi Harappans in the Economic Landscape of the Indus Civilisation; Landscapes of Settlement and Livelihood; Landscape and Human Occupation in Bangladesh from the Prehistoric Period to the Early Medieval Period; Part 2: Constructing Landscape; Buddhist Ritual Landscape at Rajagrha in Bihar; Landscape Archaeology in Kerala; Astronomical Alignments and the distribution of Neolithic Mounds in South India; Military Landscapes of Vijayanagara; Kashmir Smast; Rock Art and Landscape in Madhya Pradesh; Irrigation and Agriculture in Vidisha; Landscape and Megalithic Practices in Early Iron Age Vidarbha; The Hinterland of Mathura; Part 3: Representing Landscape; Palaeolandscapes of South India and their behavioural Meaning; Mandirs, Maps and Cosmologies; Early British Map Surveys in South India; Recreating the Architectural Landscape: The Ghurid Annexation of Northern India; Representation within the Landscape of Northern Pakistan; Saburas in Ancient India.