Nayanjot Lahiri, Professor of History at the Ashoka University, was on 4 October 2016 awarded with the 2016 John F. Richards Prize for her book Ashoka in Ancient India.
The prize will be awarded to her at the Association’s 131st Annual Meeting in January, 2017.
Highlights of the Book Ashoka in Ancient India
• The book has been critically acclaimed for its enthralling account of an emperor who spoke to his people through his edicts; his victories and loss that left a legacy that surpassed him.
• It is the innovative interface of Emperor Ashoka’s words which invite and enable a biographical narrative, with the archaeological landscapes where they can still be read.
• The Book adjudicates between archaeological, textual, and geographical evidence to offer a dazzling interpretation of a remarkable figure of the ancient world and a deep history of ancient society.
About Nayanjot Lahiri
• Nayanjot Lahiri is an eminent historian and archaeologist of ancient India.
• Currently, she is teaching at the newly created Ashoka University.
• She has several research papers and publications to her credit. H
• Her research interests mostly include Indian archaeology, heritage studies, archeological theory and ancient India.
• For her work in archaeology, she was bestowed with the 2013 Infosys Prize in the humanities.
About John F. Richards Prize
• The Richards Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) to the best book in South Asian history.
• The award has been named after John F. Richards (November 1938 to August 2007) who was eminent historian of South Asia and in particular of the Mughal Empire.
• It recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship or book on South Asian history published in English.
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