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The Story of Indian Archaeology 1784-1947

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The Story of Indian Archaeology 1784-1947

The Story of Indian Archaeology 1784-1947

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Item Code: IDD748
Author: Sourindranath Roy
Publisher: Archaeological Survey of India
Language: English
Edition: 2011
Pages: 183 (B & W illus: 48)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.4" X 5.2"
weight of book 307 gms

This story of Indian archaeology was first published as an article by Sourindranath Roy in the ninth volume of Ancient India, the Archaeological Survey of India’s journal of archaeological research. What began as an article of twenty-odd pages titled ‘Indian Archaeology from Jones to Marshall’ was later developed by Roy into a much comprehensive history of Indian archaeology.

The Story of Indian Archaeology 1784-1947 was first published in 1961, as part of the celebrations of the ASI’s centenary. The book was. In many ways, the first truly engaging and accessible account of the pioneering scholars, painstaking research and discoveries that defined archaeology in India from the time of the Orientalists to Indian Independence. Almost immediately upon its release, Roy’s narrative acquired a seminal status – and few, if any, works on the history of Indian archaeology that have followed its publication can claim not to have derived inspiration from Roy’s Story.

And yet, though fragments of his lucid prose survive in dozens of scholarly publications on archaeology, history has been less kind to Sourindranath Roy who was, unfortunately, forgotten.

In 2011, as the ASI celebrates its 150th anniversary, we hope to revive the memory of the brilliant scholar and fluid writer known to his friends as Sourin-da who, with the analytical command of his mind and the elegance of his pen, shed an illuminating light on the first two centuries of Indian archaeology.




by Gaytam Sengupta, Directer Generl, ASI v
The Compiler's Apology  
by sourindranath Roy vii
The Setting of the stage 1
The antiquarian prelude 12
From antiquarianism to archaeology 23
Cunningham and the first Archaeological Survey 35
A brief set-back and a swift recovery 41
Cunningham : the second phase 47
James Burgess 61
A bleak interlude 72
Curzon and the dawn of a new era 78
The Marshall epoch 91
After John Marshall 114
sourindranath Roy: Archivist and Historian  
by George M Moraes 181

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