Archealogy and historiography of North East India post independence

Nov 2012
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I think most of the work has happened in mainland Indian peninsula and probably the North East bit requires more delving into. However I would like to know more on what kind of historical and archealogical explorations have taken place on North East history since independence? Mention what were the key findings and any ground breaking work which changed the way history of the region was percieved. Good books recommendations would also be deeply appreciated.

Further how does written record, the level of antiquity, density of written inscriptions, written records, court records, oral records, bardic legends etc. from this region compare with the rest of India. Are these more prevalent than rest of India, considering that outside forces were less in play here barring maybe for sometime the Burmese and this region did not see a long standing Muslim rule or even not a very interventionist British government except missionaries. So would imagine more would be available here.

Has India done archealogical work in Burma, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal in joint missions with those countries historical groups to see any common strands running.

Also are Puranic, Hinduic text sources mentioning places such as Manipur, Projyothispur, Lauhitya etc. show any archealogical proof. What is the level of Hindu history of this region if at all? Any idea how Hindu missions went and spread the faith here?

For the purpose of this thread consider the Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal,Meghalaya and Sikkim as North East India. Also I am aware more would have been done or known on Assam however please mention other smaller states as well in your replies because most discussion on NE becomes too focussed on Assam alone.
 
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tornada

Ad Honoris
Mar 2013
15,384
India
#2
Wikipedia articles are pretty useful here, since they often give you access to the sources you want if you consult the references section. But here

The Ahom Political System: An Enquiry into the State Formation Process in Medieval Assam (1228-1714) on JSTOR

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=p_n-naXpdhkC&redir_esc=y

https://books.google.co.in/books/ab...of_the_peopl.html?id=0TNuAAAAMAAJ&redir_esc=y

https://books.google.co.in/books/about/Pre_Ahom_Assam.html?id=BrwgAAAAIAAJ

https://books.google.co.in/books?id...ved=0ahUKEwjE7t7n86bJAhXPBo4KHcQRARwQ6AEIGzAA

https://books.google.co.in/books?id...ved=0ahUKEwjLr4j486bJAhUGJI4KHcouBjgQ6AEIGzAA

https://books.google.co.in/books?id...ved=0ahUKEwi-kebr86bJAhUUjo4KHcz7AjoQ6AEIGzAA

https://books.google.co.in/books?id...ved=0ahUKEwiq44uD9KbJAhXLcY4KHZZQCm0Q6AEIGzAA

Further east of Assam it gets more complicated, since the cultures tended to be more primitive. But there are works on Tribal studies in the NE AFAIK. For more specifics you'd need someone who's studied the field in greater detail however. The North East isn't something I've looked up much in the past.
 
Nov 2012
3,849
#3
Wikipedia articles are pretty useful here, since they often give you access to the sources you want if you consult the references section. But here

The Ahom Political System: An Enquiry into the State Formation Process in Medieval Assam (1228-1714) on JSTOR

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=p_n-naXpdhkC&redir_esc=y

https://books.google.co.in/books/ab...of_the_peopl.html?id=0TNuAAAAMAAJ&redir_esc=y

https://books.google.co.in/books/about/Pre_Ahom_Assam.html?id=BrwgAAAAIAAJ

https://books.google.co.in/books?id...ved=0ahUKEwjE7t7n86bJAhXPBo4KHcQRARwQ6AEIGzAA

https://books.google.co.in/books?id...ved=0ahUKEwjLr4j486bJAhUGJI4KHcouBjgQ6AEIGzAA

https://books.google.co.in/books?id...ved=0ahUKEwi-kebr86bJAhUUjo4KHcz7AjoQ6AEIGzAA

https://books.google.co.in/books?id...ved=0ahUKEwiq44uD9KbJAhXLcY4KHZZQCm0Q6AEIGzAA

Further east of Assam it gets more complicated, since the cultures tended to be more primitive. But there are works on Tribal studies in the NE AFAIK. For more specifics you'd need someone who's studied the field in greater detail however. The North East isn't something I've looked up much in the past.
okay thanks for those links tornado. Would also like you to comment on the issues I raised relevant to the topic. Wouldnt those like Arunachal, Manipur, Sikkim, Tripura, Nepal-Bhutan etc. have more than just primitive cultures considering an organized kingdoms running the region for centuries? I would imagine the presence of strong written sources from China origin Ahoms (Chinese peoples always better than Indic ones when it comes to written sources) would have spread to other parts of NE from Assam no?
 

SSDD

Ad Honorem
Aug 2014
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#4
okay thanks for those links tornado. Would also like you to comment on the issues I raised relevant to the topic. Wouldnt those like Arunachal, Manipur, Sikkim, Tripura, Nepal-Bhutan etc. have more than just primitive cultures considering an organized kingdoms running the region for centuries? I would imagine the presence of strong written sources from China origin Ahoms (Chinese peoples always better than Indic ones when it comes to written sources) would have spread to other parts of NE from Assam no?
Ahom people originated from Myanmar. Probably from Shan people I think. Not from China.
 

tornada

Ad Honoris
Mar 2013
15,384
India
#5
okay thanks for those links tornado. Would also like you to comment on the issues I raised relevant to the topic. Wouldnt those like Arunachal, Manipur, Sikkim, Tripura, Nepal-Bhutan etc. have more than just primitive cultures considering an organized kingdoms running the region for centuries? I would imagine the presence of strong written sources from China origin Ahoms (Chinese peoples always better than Indic ones when it comes to written sources) would have spread to other parts of NE from Assam no?
A lot of my links are about the Ahoms. Some are also about Kamarupa. But like I said, this isn't an area I've researched. Any detailed comment I try to offer would be guesses, and thus likely not be useful to you
 

tornada

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Mar 2013
15,384
India
#7
could you find out and share with me some resources for other non Assamese kingdoms as well if possible.
As and when I get some time, sure. In the meantime try and see if you can locate this
Geography of Assam by A K Bhagabati & B K Kar & A K Bora: Rajesh 9788185891415 - Vedams eBooks (P) Ltd
I know it says Assam, but it covers Assam in a more generalized sense, not just the modern state. So a lot of non-assamese stuff is there. OTH if its prehistory you're looking at
Neolithic Culture of Northeast India: A Recent Perspective on the Origins of Pottery and Agriculture
 

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