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Mamta Dwivedi M.A. M.Phil


Indic-Monetary connections at the cultural crossroad: Case of early historical Gandhāra (c. 200 B.C to AD. 300)

Mamta Dwivedi is a doctoral student at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research interest includes the study of concept of wealth and money with specific interest in Early Indian indigenous coins. Her doctoral research aims to explore the concept of wealth (artha) in the early śāstra, and how far it is related or unrelated with the most tangible form of wealth i.e. coins of the northern region of the Indian subcontinent.

Her research also intends to critique the colonial methodoloy and interpretation of coins as source of history, which may be seen in her M.Phil. dissertation titled Yaudheya Coins : Exploring Numismatics as a Source of History : c. 300 B.C to c. A.D. 300 and her paper 'Colonial Imagination and Identity Attribution: Numismatic Cues for Defining Space' in Negotiating Cultural Identity Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History edited by Prof. Himanshu Prabha Ray (Routledge, 2014). Along with her doctoral dissertation her research endeavours at present include the exploration of the Indic connection of coins of the early historical Gandhāran region.