About the Book:
The book represent very systematic, in depth, summaries of various geoarchaeological
processes along with illustration, , figures, graphs, charts and photo plate.
The author tried to describe the applications of geoarchaeological techniques
for the studies of semi arid zones of Bhima basin. He became successful to point
out the ground truth conditions in quaternary deposit in Deccan land regions
of Central-southern part of India.
The book begins with Introduction chapter, which followed by ‘Research
Methodology; Archaeological of Bhima, Man, Sina, Bor, Bori; Archaeology and
fossil; Geoarchaeology and summary’ chapters. ‘Introduction chapter’
includes the definition of geoarchaeology, aims, objectives and previous research
in areas of geoarchaeology. The details of the field and lab method applied
for this work is described thoroughly with previous work in ‘methodology
chapter’. While the details about the field investigations such as landform
characters, site documentation details, relation with fluvial features, stratigraphy
of section and floral-faunal and sediment characters with sampling data is given
in the form of appropriate table, graph and charts plates and with description
of Bhima, Bori, Bor, Man, Sina. Group-I in secondary context site and Group-II
is open air sites. The next chapter ‘Archaeology and fossil’ deals
with the lab analysis of floral and faunal remains by using standard method.
Similarly, the final chapter ‘Geoarchaeology and summary’ gives
the concluding remarks of all the chapters of this book. Geoarchaeological observation
at different geoarchaeological locations such as Halalli, Umbargi, from Bori
river and Daridevara, from Bor river. While the geoarchaeological examination
at Umbargi in Bori river, is reserved for future study.
However, the many examples presented give the reader a clear sense of the "state
of the art" in geoarchaeology. If the examples in this chapter are not
enough, thirteen appendixes are provided listing geoarchaeological studies involving
fluvial environments. Not all states are included but this bibliography represents
a significant portion of the geoarchaeology done in alluvial settings.
The good quality figures and captions are used to introduce various processes
with references to recent literature.
As a textbook for geoarchaeology as a whole this book falls short of its goal,
but as a book about alluvial geoarchaeology of from semi arid environments,
where its strength lies, it is excellent. For all archaeologists seeking such
a book I highly recommend this one.
About the Author:
Dr. Kshirsagar Shivaji Dadaso (1979) working as a Post-Doctoral fellow (2017-19)
on “Geoarchaeological Investigation of Upper and Lower Reaches of Bhima
Basin and Comparative Study with Middle Reaches”, from Indian Council
of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi. Awarded Post-Doctoral fellowship
for year (2013-15) from “Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR),
New Delhi”, on the topic entitled “Further Geoarchaeological Investigation
in Bori and Bor River of Western Maharashtra”. He has completed his Ph.D.
from Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute (Deemed University),
Pune. He has published research paper in International and national journals
and conference, seminar proceeding and attended Geo-archaeological Exploration
and Excavation under the supervision of Prof. Sabale P. D.