The fertile land and abundant wealth of Bengal attracted many conquerors who left their mark on its timeline; some only
plundered while others became rulers. Their footprints, similar to the alluvial soil of the Ganges delta, silted up layer upon layer. The
harsh climate faded many footprints with time, while a few remained intact. Traces of these layers can be found everywhere
in Bengal. With age, some layers got merged, others transformed into something hybrid, while others got lost in time. This complex
state led to many interpretations; over time myths converted to facts, misconceptions paved way for more misconceptions.
Bengal's story, like many others' around the world, offers scope for invention and reimagining.
In this book four Bengal studies scholars challenge the myths and misconceptions about Bengal's past and offer a fresh perspective
of the contested facts analyzing its architecture, built environment and cultural heritage. By no means comprehensive,
this small attempt still brings new ideas and questions to front which no doubt will spark further investigation.