The present monograph is one of the publications brought out on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Institute. It gives an account of our excavations at Kaothe (District Dhulia, Maharashtra).
When we visited Kaothe, we were impressed by the extent of the prehistoric settlement but the cultural debris was very thin. Even then we decided to excavate it because it was occupied by the people of the Savalda culture which has been dated at Daimabad to the close of the third and the beginning of the second millennium B.C. The excavation proved to be quite interesting as the report would show.
In the conduct of the excavation, I completely depended upon Dr. V.S. Shinde, Superintendent and Dr. Shubhangana Atre, Research Assistant and they have done an excellent job of it. Sri. Rasar, Draftsman and Sri. Vishwasrao, Modeller also assisted in the field. My scientist colleagues in the department, Dr. R.S. Pappu, Reader in Environmental Archaeology, Dr. S.R. Walimbe, Reader in Physical Anthropology; Dr. M.D. Kajale, Reader in Palynology: Dr. P.K. Thomas and Sri. P.P. Joglekar, Lecturer and Scientific Assistant respectively in Archaeozoology have contributed their respective sections which are extremely valuable. To them all, my grateful thanks are due. I must also acknowledge the assistance of Sri. Ravindra Gurjar and Dr. U.S. Moorti for preparing the copy on computer.
I must record my thanks to our technicians: Sarvashri Y.S. Rasar, C.G. Padwal, R.B. Warke, Draftsmen, for line illustrations and V. Nagpure, Photographer and Sunil Jadhav, Photoprinter for photographs, Sri. N.B. Humbre was truly our 'Jeeves' in the camp as usual.
Thanks are due to Sri. Nitin Rajhans of Akshar Sanchay for printing the report with meticulous care.
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Art & Culture (745)
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