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1 Himanshu Prabha Ray and Carla M. Sinopoli (eds.)
Archaeology as History in Early South Asia
Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi in Association with Aryan Books International, New Delhi; New Delhi, India; 2004; 8173052700 / 9788173052705; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 530. 002880

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2 Himanshu Prabha Ray
Archaeology of Seafaring: The Indian Ocean in the Ancient Period
Pragati Publications; New Delhi, India; 1999; 8173070601 / 9788173070600; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The volume encapsulates the results of ongoing research on different aspects of the Archaeology of the Indian Ocean: archaeobotany; ethno-archaeology; maritime ethnography and numismatics. These issues have been discussed within the wider Context of movements of communities across the Indian Ocean both Fishing and sailing communities, as also travellers and traders. A range of textual sources, including those in Greek and Arabic have been analysed, together with representations in cartography, the objective being to initiate interest in an holistic approach to early seafaring activity. The contributors form part of a larger Indian Ocean community of scholars, actively involved in study and research in different parts of the region. Many of them have participated in the two international conferences held in 1994 in New Delhi and in 1996 in Lyon. The proceedings of the first, jointly edited by H.P. Ray and J.F. Salles have been published under the title: Tradition and Archaeology: Early Maritime Contacts in the Indian Ocean, Manohar publishers, New Delhi, 1996; while the second is being printed by Brepols Publishers in their Indicopleustoi series and is titled: Communautes maritimes de I'Ocean Indien.Printed Pages: 352. 101200

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3 Himanshu Prabha Ray
Buddhist Heritage of Odisha
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2013; 8173054665 / 9788173054662; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The multi-religious landscape of Odisha is striking, with the present city of Bhubaneswar and its encircling hills providing evidence for the presence of shrines and images associated with Buddhism, Jainism as well as Hinduism, though their relative concentration varied over time. In this book, the focus is on various aspects of architecture related to Buddhism. One of the issues that the survey of religious architecture presented here raises is the extent to which Buddhist monastic architecture was a reflection of the practice of the religion within a regional cultural milieu. More importantly, the book addresses the complex issue of preservation of the Buddhist heritage keeping in view demands of urban planning and development on the one hand and the pressures of tourism on the other. Is the value of Buddhist heritage only to be weighed against the present benefits of commercial exploitation?The objective of the book will be to aid in the integration of the needs of archaeology and heritage in Odisha with tourism and future urban planning. Printed Pages: 124 with 60 colour & b/w illustrations 100005

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4 Himanshu Prabha Ray (ed.)
Coins in India: Power and Communication
Marg Publications; Mumbai, India; 2006; 8185026734 / 9788185026732; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Contents Introduction: Coins as Political and Cultural Documents - Himanshu Prabha Ray Roman Coins in India: A Re-evaluation - Himanshu Prabha Ray A Tale of Two Dynasties: The Kshaharatas and the Satavahanas in the Deccan - Shailendra Bhandare Religious Icons and Money: Shiva Images on Kushana Coins - Rita Devi Sharma and Himanshu Prabha Ray Coinage and Gender: Early Medieval Kashmir - Devika Rangachari Kings and Coins: Money as the State Media in the Indian Sultanates - Syed Ejaz Hussain Muhammad bin Tughluq: A Numismatic Reappraisal of an Enigmatic Persona - Sanjay Garg The Monarch and the Millennium: A New Interpretation of the Alf Coins of Akbar - Najaf Haider A Metallic Mirror: Changing Representations of Sovereignty during the Raj - Shailendra Bhandare Conducting Excavations and Collecting Coins: Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Kingdom - Jean-Marie Lafont Coins: Some Persistence Issues - Indira Rajaraman Index. Printed Pages: 116 with numerous colour and b/w illustrations. 018373

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5 Himanshu Prabha Ray
Cultural Roots of India's Ocean (Beyond Trade Series)
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2015; 8173055408 / 9788173055409; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 252 with 40 b/w illustrations. 038237

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6 Himanshu Prabha Ray (Ed.)
History of Ancient India: Political History and Administration, Vol. IV
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2014; 8173054835 / 9788173054839; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
It is important to reassess, formulate and develop India's civilizational and cultural imperatives in an increasingly globalised world. The nation’s perception of its ancient history plays a major role in this. The present series on the history of ancient India was conceived with this in mind. The aim is to put forward a nationalistic, factual and objective history of the ancient Indian past in eleven volumes. The cobwebs of certain ideas that we have lived with in the past are critically examined and in many cases found wanting and discarded. The present volume, fourth in the series, picks up the thread between the end of the Mauryan dominance and the growth of major regional powers around ad 750. This includes, on the one hand, the phase of the Kushanas who represent in a way the significance of the Oxus-Indus orbit in the course of Indian history and the resurgence of the Gangetic region under the Guptas on the other. We discuss also the development of Sangam literature and the ruling dynasties like Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas. Within this frame there were other political developments, each important in their own domain. Printed Pages: 484, with 4 colour & 46 b/w illustrations. 100008

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7 Himanshu Prabha Ray & Manoj Kumar (eds)
Indian World Heritage Sites in Context
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2014; 8173055211 / 9788173055218; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
This book on World Heritage sites in India has two objectives: one, to highlight the archaeological context and cultural landscapes relating to monuments inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list; and second, to draw attention to urban pressures that impact the conservation and preservation of many of these sites and the need for comprehensive management strategies to ensure their continued survival. While six are natural properties, the Archaeological Survey of India has twenty of the twenty-four World Heritage cultural sites in India under its administrative control. These may be categorized into: caves, churches and convents, forts, monastic complexes, mosques, palaces, rock-shelters, temples, and tombs. This list, by and large, focuses on either single monument or groups of monuments, bereft of cultural moorings. It is important that archaeological and historical inputs regarding the wider cultural milieu of World Heritage sites be introduced through site management plans, interpretation centres and heritage bye-laws to aid in holistic appreciation of the ‘monument’ or ‘group of monuments’. Clearly, there is an urgent need for change in our understanding and appreciation of not only World Heritage sites, but also policies to ensure their preservation. It is this need for change that the papers by archaeologists, historians and heritage specialists in this edited book articulate and discuss. Printed Pages: 152 with 59 colour & b/w illustrations. 100001

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8 Himanshu Prabha Ray
Lal Kot to Lal Qila: The Architechural Heritage of Delhi (A Journey Through Time)
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2014; 8186787186 / 9788186787182; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
From Lal Kot to Lal Qila, the journey of Delhi is indeed a long one, spanning many centuries; and through which, one witnesses the emergence and abandonment of several capitals. It reveals not just ten fortifications, known to us as Lal Kot, Qila Rai Pithora, Siri, Tughlaqabad, Jahanpanah, Adilabad, Firuz Shah Kotla, Purana Qila, Salimgarh and Lal Qila; but innumerable, diverse buildings that mirror the distinct art styles of the city’s multi-dynastic regimes before the proliferation of the European styled architecture during British rule. These regimes were formed by the Tomars, the Chauhans, the Mamluks, the Khaljis, the Tughlaqs, the Sayyids, the Lodis, the Surs and the Mughals. Delhi’s history is speckled with the deeds of its great kings like Anangpal, Prithviraj Chauhan, Alauddin Khalji, Muhammad bin Tughlaq, Sher Shah Suri and Shahjahan, to name just a few. More significantly, their built heritage still mystify us. Each of the monuments has a story to tell that is charming enough to make one ponder about their existence in the present day. Lal Kot to Lal Qila – The Architectural Heritage of Delhi tries to recount the significance of these structures, the various possibilities of the reasons, as also the absence of any logic sometimes behind their construction, which make the study of Delhi’s tumultuous history all the more captivating. Printed Pages: 220 with 112 halftone illustrations 100007

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9 Himanshu Prabha Ray (Ed.)
Mausam: Maritime Cultural Landscapes Across the Indian Ocean
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2014; 8173055246 / 9788173055249; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Mausam’ or Arabic ‘Mawsim’ refers to the season when ships could sail safely in the Indian Ocean and these seasonal monsoon winds underwrote both a shared culture in the past, as also the continued survival of maritime regions into the present. ‘Maritime cultural landscape’ was used by Olof Hasslof, the Swedish maritime ethnologist in the 1950s to indicate an understanding of the use of the sea by humans and included attendant coastal structures and cultural identifiers. The papers in this book examine the development of coastal settlements and architectural remains from the third millennium BCE Bronze Age to almost the present across a large part of the Indian Ocean extending from Arabia to Vietnam. A second objective of the book is to relate this understanding of the past with that of the present and to highlight the extent to which indicators of historical cultural networks provide building blocks for contemporary societies, as they work towards universal values and trans-border groupings-both of which underwrite UNESCO’s 1972 World Heritage Convention. The Convention encourages the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity, thereby focusing on the universal, rather than the local or regional. The book will appeal to readers of maritime history, as well as those involved in heritage studies. Printed Pages: 108 100002

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10 Himanshu Prabha Ray and Daniel T. Potts (eds)
Memory as History: The Legacy of Alexander in Asia
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2007; 8173053251 / 9788173053252; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Printed Pages: 280 with 34 colour and 26 b/w illustrations. 024494

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11 Himanshu Prabha Ray (Ed.)
Sanghol and the Archaeology of Punjab
Aryan Books International; New Delhi, India; 2010; 8173053936 / 9788173053931; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
“The archaeological site of Sanghol situated 40 kilometres from Chandigarh on the National Highway to Ludhiana is exceptional in many ways. One of the very few sites extensively excavated in post-Independence Punjab, it was settled as early as the second millennium BC and has continued in occupation well into the present. The cultural deposit is rich and varied, especially in its diverse range of coins, seals and sealings, and this marks Sanghol out from other contemporary settlements. The discovery of exquisitely sculpted pillars of a stone railing carefully buried in the vicinity of a Buddhist stupa brought Sanghol into the limelight in 1985 and large-scale excavations were undertaken. Remains of Buddhist monasteries and stupas have been preserved and stand testimony to the flourishing nature of religious culture in the area. Based on unpublished data, this edited volume places the finds from Sanghol in the wider context of the archaeology of Punjab. It traces the history of archaeology in the region from the first excavation in 1830 in undivided Punjab during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1801-1839) at the Buddhist stupa at Manikyala, located north-west of Rawalpindi. Interest in the archaeology of Punjab has changed over time from a fascination for Alexander the Great and his Indian campaign in the nineteenth century, to the unchecked collection of antiquities, and to large-scale excavations at Taxila, leading finally to the establishment of museums in pre- and post-Partition Punjab to house the finds. Changes in the research agenda of archaeologists was matched by transformation of the landscape as a result of the large-scale digging of canals in the early twentieth century and widespread agricultural operations in post-Independence Punjab. Within this wider canvas, the focus of the volume, however, remains on an in-depth analysis of the archaeology of Sanghol and its significance in the history of Punjab. Printed Pages: 276 with 102 colours & 85 b/w illustrations. 100147

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12 Himanshu Prabha Ray
The Archaeology of Seafaring in Ancient South Asia
Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, UK; 0521011094 / 9780521011099; Reprint; Paperback; New; 

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