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Exploring the forest and mapping its archaeology: Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve, India

Published in Indian Academy of Sciences
Volume: 23
Issue: 6
Pages: 772 - 780

The archaeology of historical India has usually been perceived through the lens of cities and states, leaving forest tracts to a large extent unexamined. This article considers the historical signature in a segment of the Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, India, in order to understand how histories of occupation in jungles and wilderness where no settlements presently exist can be studied. Our survey involved a combination of ground-level investigations using GPS devices along with an analysis of satellite images to explore whether such images can be used for locating structures and sites. The earliest archaeological markers in Bandhavgarh are cave shelters of the 2nd century CE, which form the subject of this article.

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JournalCurrent Science
PublisherIndian Academy of Sciences
Open AccessNo