|The Ancient Settlements of the Kathmandu Valley. Sudarshan Raj Tiwari. Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies, Tribhuvan University, 2001, 264 p., ills., Rs 300. ISBN 99933-52-07-1.
Contents: Foreword, Preface, List of Illustrations, Transliteration system. 1.Introduction. 2. The People. 3. The Elements. 4. The Settlements. 5. Terminology of Elements and Settlements. 6. Character of Elements and Settlements. 7. Summary of findings. Appendix-1 Names of Places and Elements. Bibliography. Sketches, Maps and Photographs (32 pages).
The book is an adaptation of a dissertation, which the author wrote for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Culture, awarded by Tribhuvan University in 1995.
In the ‘Foreword’ for this book, Prof. Tirtha P. Mishra, Ph. D., Executive Director of CNAS writes, “Perhaps this book is the first of its kind that tells the story of location and identification of the ancient settlements of the Valley on the basis of legends, chronicles, inscriptions and historical documents belonging to the pre-Lichchhavi period and the Malla period. Based on technical and urban planning paradigms, the author not only describes but also analyses the impact of the pre-Lichchhavi settllements, Lichchhavi proto-towns and the towns on the Malla settlement pattern.”