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Paleolithic Age

Paleolithic Age Facts The Paleolithic Age refers to a time period in history, from approximately 2.6 million years ago to roughly 10,000 years ago. The Paleolithic Age covers the period from when stone tools were first used by man to the beginning of the Mesolithic Age. The Paleolithic Age is divided into three divisions, including […]

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Religious & philosophical literature during Vedic period

The Vedic literature comprises : The Vedas or Samhitas The Brahmanas The Aranyakas The Upanishads The Vedas or Samhitas: Vedas are called “Apaurasheya” i.e. not created by man but God-gifted and “Nitya” i.e. existing in all eternity. The word ‘Veda‘ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Veda‘, means to know or knowledge per excellence. The Vedic texts are divided between […]

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOURCES

SUMMARY – ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOURCES The science that enables us to dig the old mounds in a systematic manner in successive layers and to form an idea of the material life of the people is called Archaeology. Yet again history could be written from a number of sources which also include Archaeological Sources. These could be […]

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Literary sources in ancient Indian history – 3

Written Accounts of Foreign Writers and Travelers: The historical accounts written by the foreign writers and travelers are valuable source materials for the re-construction of ancient Indian history. The Greek, Chinese, Roman, and Muslims travelled India extensively and stayed here for a number of years. Their accounts are a fusion of personal observations and hearsay […]

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Literary sources in ancient Indian history – 2

Historical literary sources of ancient India: The historical literature can be sub-divided into several groups. They are Puranas, the epics, dynastic history and biography. • Banabhatta’s Harshacharita: Banabhatta, the poet Laureate of Harshavardhan, composed the Harshacharita. This royal biographies written in ancient India, is an important source of Ancient Indian History. The book gives us […]

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Literary sources in ancient Indian history – 1

Literary sources in ancient Indian history The different types of literary sources in Indian history are • Religious literary sources of ancient India • Historical literary sources • Written accounts of foreign writers and travelers. Religious literary sources: The Vedic, Buddhist, Jain and other contemporary literature are the religious literary sources of Ancient Indian History. […]

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Ancient India

Archaeology The science which enables us to dig the old mounds in a systematic manner, in successive layers, and to form an idea of the material life of the people is called archaeology C14 A scientific method of dating the excavated and recovered material remains are known as Radio Carbon Method. It is associated with […]

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History of Canals

The cutting of canals for irrigation has been an essential part of the civilization of Mesopotamia, controlling the water of the Euphrates and the Tigris. Several canals link the two rivers, and small boats use these waterways. But the world’s first canal created purely for water transport is an incomparably more ambitious affair. Between about […]

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Indus Valley Civilization -2

Religion, language, and culture Little is known about Harappan religion and language. A collection of written texts on clay and stone tablets unearthed at Harappa—which have been carbon dated 3300-3200 BCE—contain trident-shaped, plant-like markings that appear to be written from right to left. There is considerable debate about whether it was an encoded language at […]

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Indus Valley Civilization – 1

Though they did not know it then, and though the first major excavations did not take place until the 1920s, these railway workers had happened upon the remnants of the Indus Valley Civilization, also known as the Harappan Civilization, after Harappa, the first of its sites to be excavated, in what was then the Punjab […]

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