296 pages | 49 B/W Illus.
This volume breaks new ground by conceptualizing landscape as a dynamic cultural complex in which the natural world and human practice are inextricably linked and are constantly interacting. It examines the social and cultural construction of space in the early medieval period in South Asia, as manifest in society, religion and as shaped through trade and economic transactions. The work will be especially useful to scholars and researchers of archaeology, social history, art history and anthropology.
Introduction. Part 1: The Archaeology of Space 1. India Cartographica: Some Roman Sightings Grant Parker 2. Cartography and Cultural Encounter: Conceptualisation of al-Hind by Arabic and Persian Writers from the 9th to 11th Century ce Noemie Verdon 3. Self, Other and the Use and Appropriation of Late Roman Coins in South India and Sri Lanka (4th–8th Centuries ce) Rebecca Darley Part 2: Defining Cultural Landscapes 4. Sacred Spaces of the Middle Ganga Valley: A Case Study of Varanasi Vidula Jayaswal 5. Transforming the Landscape: Questions of Medieval Reuse and Worship at Ancient Jain Rock-Cut Sites near Madurai Lisa N. Owen 6. Of Saffron, Snow, and Spirituality: Glimpses of Cultural Geography in the Rajatarangini Shonaleeka Kaul 7. ‘Space for Change’: Reviewing ‘Paucity of Coins’ in Early Medieval India with Regard to Data, Methodology and Interpretation Shailendra Bhandare 8. Colonial Imagination and Identity Attribution: Numismatic Cues for Defining Space Mamta Dwivedi 9. Shrines as ‘Monuments’: Issues of Classification, Custody and Conflict in Orissa Umakanta Mishra 10. Continuity and Change in the Sacred Landscape of the Buddhist Site of Udayagiri, Odisha Umakanta Mishra
This Series, in association with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, reflects on the complex relationship between religion and society through new perspectives and advances in archaeology. It looks at this critical interface to provide alternative understandings of communities, beliefs, cultural systems, sacred sites, ritual practices, food habits, dietary modifications, power, and agents of political legitimisation. The books in the Series underline the importance of archaeological evidence in the production of knowledge of the past. They also emphasise that a systematic study of religion requires engagement with a diverse range of sources such as inscriptions, iconography, numismatics and architectural remains.