MESOLITHIC AGE IN SOUTH ASIA: Tradition and Transition
Author V.N. Misra
Year 2019
ISBN10, ISBN13 8173056145, 9788173056147
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About the Book:
The present volume tries to evaluate the cultural and environmental factors, which necessitated a transition from hunting-gathering to food-producing stage; and the material culture, technology, subsistence, art, religious beliefs, disposal of the dead, biological composition, dietary habits, pathology and social organization of the then inhabitants, drawing data from the excavated finds, ethnography and author’s own understanding of this phase for the last five decades.

Evidence for the microlithic tradition in India, which now has a duration of over forty millennia, is much richer than for the preceding Palaeolithic period which lasted nearly from 1.0 to 1.5 million years. In the Mesolithic period, microlithic and composite tools took the centre stage resulting in an improved economy and sedentary lifestyle and laying the foundation for a settled agricultural life. The book discusses the origin and evolution of the Mesolithic culture with its chronological details.

About the Author:
Prof. Virendra Nath Misra (17th August 1935 – 31st October 2015) had carried out extensive archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

He was the author and editor of eleven books and about hundred and fifty research papers. He had been the editor of Man and Environment, Journal of the Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies, and member of the editorial advisory boards of The Anthropologist, Journal of World Prehistory, La Anthropologie, The Holocene, The Asian Perspectives and Geoarchaeology. He had been a recipient of HomiBhabha Fellowship; Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship at ANU, Canberra; Senior Fulbright Fellowship at UC, Berkeley; National Fellowship of the ICHR; Emeritus Fellowship of the UGC; D.N. Majumdar Memorial Medal of the Indian Social Science Association; and V.S. Wakankar National Award of the Madhya Pradesh Government. Prof. Misra had taught Anthropology at Lucknow University and Archaeology at Deccan College Post-Graduate & Research Institute, Pune. He was the Director of Deccan College from 1990 to 2000.