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It vividly describes the archaeological relics and historical monuments of China in the provinces of Shanxi, Henan and Gansu, besides Beijing and its surroundings. One gets a glimpse of the great Buddhist rock-cut caves of northern and central China through excellent photo-illustrations. Besides, an analytical correlative study of the Buddhist contacts between southeast India, China and Sri Lanka is attempted, bringing to light the potential overseas `Perfume Route`, which supplemented the older and well-known overland `Silk Road`.
About the Author :
Dr. I.K. Sarma, M.A., Ph.D. P.G. Diploma in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology (b.15th Oct. 1937), has served in the Archaeological Survey of India since Jan 1958. He is a native of Pallipadu Village, Nellore district, (Pin - 524 314). He retired in Oct-1995, after a distinguished service as Director (Archaeology), incharge of Museums, Monuments, Antiquity, Conservation and Temple Survey Projects. Subsequently he served as Director, Salar Jung Museum till Oct-1997. He participated in many Archaeological Excavations, (Nagarjunakonda, Kalibangan Surkotda, and Pauni) and directed the excavations at the famous historical Sites at Amaravati, Gudimallam, guntipalli and Peddavegi, the ancient Vengipura. He has established Site Museums in India at Amaravati, Gudimallam, Guntapalli and Peddavegi, the ancient Vengipura. He has established site Museums in India at Amaravati, Chandragiri Chandri and other places.
Dr. Sarma has to his credit several published works. More important being, Coinage of the Satavahana Empire (1980): The Development of Early Saiva Art and Architecture(1982); Buddhist Monuments of China and South East India(1985); Religion in Art and Historical Archaeology of South India (1987); Studies in Early Buddhist Monuments and Brahmi Inscriptions of Andhradesa (1988); South Indian Coinage (A Review of Recent Discoveries (1992); Temples of the Gangas of Karnataka, (1992); Early Brahmi Inscription form Sannati (1993); Parasuramesvara Temple at Gudimaliam-A Probe into ITS ORIGINS (1994); and Science of Archaeology in India (1999); Shri Sarma has edited several Felicitation and Commemoration Volumes. Research Journals and reviewed several works, he also contributes popular articles in Telugu and English on Indian Art, Architecture, Culture, Temples and delivered several Radio talks in English, Hindi and Telegu.
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2. Monuments and Museums in and around Beijing
3. Monuments and Relics in Gansu Province
4. Monuments and Museums in Shanxi Province
5. Monuments and Museums in Henan Province
6. Buddhist China, South East India and Ceylon
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