Braj Basi Lal

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Lal, Braj Basi


Born May 2, 1921, Jhansi district, state of Uttar Pradesh. Indian archaeologist, specialist in the prehistoric archaeology of the Hindustan Peninsula.

Lal graduated from Allahabad University in 1943. He became director general of India’s archaeological survey in 1968. He directed excavations in Sisupalgarh (Sisulpargarh), Hastinapura, Birbhanpur, Gilund, and Kalibangan. He is one of the researchers of the Harappan civilization.


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“Palaeoliths From the Beas and Banganga Valleys, Punjab.” Ancient India, 1956, no. 12.
“Birbhanpur: A Microlithic Site in the Damodar Valley, West Bengal.” Ancient India, 1958, no. 14.
Indian Archaeology Since Independence. Delhi, 1964.
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