"The Pyrotechnological developments have played a vital role in shaping the
history of humankind.
The present book attempts to trace the developments in the field of fire-related
technologies in ancient India. It deals at length with stages of innovative measures taken
to develop technologies of ceramics - pottery, terracotta, glass as well as metals like
copper and its alloys, gold, silver, zinc, tin and iron. In addition, to giving detailed
treatment to archaeological matcrial uncarthed in excavations, the analytical studies of
archaeomaterials, have also been incorporated. For a holistic reconstruction of
technological developments that took place in the proto-historic and early historic
cultures of the Ganga Plain, the rich literary resources have been tapped wherever
In nutshell, the book is a complete account of fire-based technologies which shaped the
personality of cultures of the Ganga plain. The book, thus, should be of interest to
serious scholars of archaeology as well as general readers who are keen on authentic
history of technology in ancient India."