Sisupalgarh: An Early Historic Fortress in Coastal Orissa and its Cousins

Yule, Paul ; Böhler, Wolfgang

In: Beiträge zur allgemeinen und vergleichenden Archäologie, 24 (2004), pp. 15-29

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Renowned in the context of Ashokan India (4th century BCE), Sisupalgarh, the largest early historic fortress in the eastern part of the Subcontinent (with exception of Pataliputra, present-day Patna), plays a role in virtually all discussions about this period. Its symmetrical plan and great size reveal an architectural ideal for its day. South Asia experts usually discuss it as an example of defensive early historic architecture, largely omitting any relation to predecessors, relatives or successors. Recent research conducted by a team from the University of Kiel, Utkal University in Bhubaneshwar and the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz has rekindled the research largely of the 1940s, revealing the uniqueness of Sisupalgarh and its role in the eastern part of India. To our knowledge this is the first application of this kind of scanning in the archaeology of the subcontinent.

Document type: Article
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 13 January 2009
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: History of ancient world
Controlled Subjects: Orissa, Ausgrabung, Funde
Uncontrolled Keywords: Orissa , Sisupalgarh , Ausgrabung , Fort, Orissa , Sisupalgarh , Excavation , Fortress
Series: People > Schriften von Paul Yule zu Südasien
Volume: 6