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Buddhist Landscapes in Central India: Sanchi Hill and Archaeologies of Religious and Social Change, c. Third Century BC to Fifth Century AD

Buddhist Landscapes in Central India: Sanchi Hill and Archaeologies of Religious and Social Change, c. Third Century BC to Fifth Century AD (Hardback)

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The "monumental bias" of Buddhist archaeology has hampered our understanding of the socio-religious mechanisms that enabled early Buddhist monks to establish themselves in new areas. To articulate these relationships, Shaw presents here the first integrated study of settlement archaeology and Buddhist history, carried out in the area around Sanchi, a Central Indian UNESCO World Heritage site. Her comprehensive, data-rich, and heavily illustrated work provides an archaeological basis for assessing theories regarding the dialectical relationship between Buddhism and surrounding lay populations. It also sheds light on the role of the introduction of Buddhism in changing settlement patterns.This volume was originally published in 2007 by the British Association of South Asian Studies.

History & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeology by period / region Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc Publication Date: 30/05/2013 ISBN-13: 9781611323443  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Julia Shaw is Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK. She holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, UK and has held previous appointments at Oxford and Stanford. She is a specialist in ancient Buddhism, irrigation and water management, theories of change, and survey research in respect to South Asia. She has directed the Sanchi survey since 1998 and is coauthor of Buddhist Reliquaries from Ancient India and author of numerous scholarly articles.

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