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Mining and Metallurgy in Ancient India

Mining and Metallurgy in Ancient India
Item Code: IDH592
Author: Rina Shrivastava
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 9788121510097
Pages: 243 {47 Illustrations in B/W}
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.7"
weight of the book: 460 gms

From the Jacket

This is one of the few well documented, well-researched and well-presented book on the history of mining and metallurgy in ancient Indian based on archaeological, literary and ethnological evidences and on first hand knowledge of various mining sites. Apart from the introduction and conclusion, this work of about 300 pages consists chapters on mineral ores in ancient India, gold, silver, copper and bronze, iron and zinc. This book also contains 4 maps and 47 illustrations.

About the Author

Dr. Rina Shrivastava studied at Ranchi and Banaras University. She did a first class M.A. in history in 1989 and a PhD in 1995 from Banaras Hindu University. She has presented papers at national and international conferences as the World Archaeology Congress and contributed several papers in such standard periodicals as Indian Journal in History of Science and The Indian Mining and Engineering Journal. She is presently teaching at St. John's, Varanasi as well as continuing her post-doctoral investigations related to copper and zinc.


  List of illustrations Vii
  Foreword Ix
  Preface xiii
Chapter One   1
  Introduction 7
  Copper Ores 8
  Tin Ores 16
  Gold Ores 18
  Silver Ores 20
  Lead Ores 25
  Iron Ores 27
  Zinc Ores 33
Chapter Three COPPER AND BRONZE 38
  Introduction 38
  Literary Evidence of Cooper and Bronze 38
  Archaeological Evidence of Copper and Bronze 41
  Mining of Copper 55
  Ethnological Evidence of Copper 63
  Metallurgy of Copper and Bronze 71
  Concluding Remarks 83
  Introduction 86
  Literary Evidence of Gold and Silver 86
  Archaeological Evidence of Gold, Silver and Lead 95
  Mining of Gold, Silver and Lead 106
  Ethnological Evidence of Gold, Silver and Lead 114
  Metallurgy of Gold, Silver and Lead 121
  Crucibles 126
  Concluding Remarks 128
Chapter Five IRON 130
  Introduction 130
  Literary Evidence of Iron 130
  Archaeological Evidence of Iron 136
  Evidence of Iron-Mining of Ancient India 154
  Ethnological Evidence of Iron 158
  Metallurgy of Iron 166
  Concluding Remarks 176
Chapter Six ZINC AND BRASS 179
  Introduction 179
  Literary Evidence of Zinc and Brass 180
  Archaeological Evidence of Zinc and Brass 184
  Mining of Zinc Ore 186
  Metallurgy of Zinc and Brass 196
  Concluding Remarks 206
Chapter Seven Conclusion 208
  Bibliography 218
  Index 239

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