This volume breaks new ground by conceptualizing physical landscapes as living cultural bodies. It redefines dynamic cultural landscapes as catalysts in which the natural world and human practice are inextricably linked and are constantly interacting.

Drawing on research by eminent archaeologists, numismatists and historians, the essays in this volume

• Provide insights into the ways people in the past, and in the present, imbue places with meanings;

• Examine the social and cultural construction of space in the early medieval period in South Asia;

• Trace complex patterns of historical development of a temple or a town, to understand ways in which such spaces often become a means of constructing the collective past and social traditions.

With a new chapter on continuity and change in the sacred landscape of the Buddhist site at Udayagiri, the second edition of Negotiating Cultural Identity will be of immense interest to scholars and researchers of archaeology, social history, cultural studies, art history and anthropology.

chapter |9 pages


ByHimanshu Prabha Ray

part Part 1|65 pages

The archaeology of space

chapter 1|21 pages

India cartographica

Some Roman sightings
ByGrant Parker

chapter 2|23 pages

Cartography and cultural encounter

Conceptualisation of al-Hind by Arabic and Persian writers from the 9th to 11th centuries CE
ByNoémie Verdon

part Part 2|180 pages

Defining cultural landscapes

chapter 4|18 pages

Sacred spaces of the middle Ganga valley

A case study of Varanasi
ByVidula Jayaswal

chapter 5|23 pages

Transforming the landscape

Questions of medieval reuse and worship at ancient Jain rock-cut sites near Madurai
ByLisa N. Owen

chapter 6|16 pages

Of saffron, snow and spirituality

Glimpses of cultural geography in the Rājataraṅgiṇī
ByShonaleeka Kaul

chapter 7|38 pages

Space for change

Evaluating the ‘paucity of metallic currency’ in medieval India
ByShailendra Bhandare

chapter 8|26 pages

Colonial imagination and identity attribution

Numismatic cues for defining space
ByMamta Dwivedi

chapter 9|30 pages

Shrines as ‘monuments’

Issues of classification, custody and conflict in Orissa
ByUmakanta Mishra