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ASI Training Syllabus Paper05


Syllabus for PGDA

Papers: I | II  | III  | IV  | V |  VI | VII  | VIII  | IX  | X | XI | XII | TEST

Paper – V Historical Archaeology


1. Definition and scope.

2. Brief review of archaeology of pre-Mauryan period from 6th century B.C. to 4th century B.C. and contemporary cultural assemblage including potteries of the sub-continent.

3. Technology and elements of economy – historical urbanization.

4. Archaeology of Mauryan period: NBP and other contemporary wares, use of scripts and other salient elements: late 4th century B.C. to 2nd century B.C.


5. Archaeology of post-Maurya period (2nd century B.C. to end of 3rd century A.D.).

6. Archaeology of the period of the Guptas and other contemporary dynasties (4th century A.D. to 6th century A.D.).


7. Archaeology of 7th century A.D. to 10th century A.D. in different regions.

8. Archaeology of 11th century A.D. to 13th century A.D. in different regions.


9. Archaeology of 14th century A.D. to 16th century A.D. in different regions.

10. Archaeology of 17th century A.D. to 19th century A.D. in different regions.

Important excavated sites

1. Cultural sequence of important sites:

Sites for detailed study

1. Taxila

2. Ahichchhatra

3. Hastinapur

4. Kausambi

5. Sishupalgarh

6. Purana Qila

7. Chandraketugarh

8. Hampi

9. Bhokhardan

10. Sannati


12. Fatehpur Sikri

13. Arikamedu

14. Adam

Sites for general study

1. Rajghat

2. Mathura

3. Sonkh

4. Kumrahar

5. Sravasti

6. Brahmagiri

7. Banavasi

8. Champaner

9. Rangmahal

10. Lalkot

11. Nalanda

12. Bhangarh

13. Ambari

14. Alagankulam

15. Semthan

16. Korkai

17. Thanesar (Harsha-ka-Tila)

18. Vadgaon Madhavpur

29. Chandor

20. Velha Goa