The Indus Civilization

A Contemporary Perspective
Author: Gregory L. Possehl
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759101722
Category: History
Page: 276
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A brief introduction to the history, archaeology, art, language, and culture of the Indus Valley civilization, written by the leading North American Indus archaeologist.

The Indus Civilization

A Contemporary Perspective
Author: Gregory L. Possehl
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0759116423
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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A brief introduction to the history, archaeology, art, language, and culture of the Indus Valley civilization, written by the leading North American Indus archaeologist.

The Indus Civilization

A Contemporary Perspective
Author: Gregory L. Possehl
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9788178292915
Category: India
Page: 276
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Gregory Possehl marshals the state of knowledge about this fascinating culture in a readable synthesis. He traces the rise and fall of this civilization; examines the economic, architectural, artistic, religious, and intellectual components of this culture; describes its most famous sites; and shows the relationships between the Indus Civilization and the other cultures of its times. As a sourcebook for scholars, a textbook for archaeology students, and an informative volume for the lay reader, The Indus Civilization will be an exciting read.

The Ancient Indus Valley

New Perspectives
Author: Jane McIntosh
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1576079074
Category: History
Page: 441
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This work is a revealing study of the enigmatic Indus civilization and how a rich repertoire of archaeological tools is being used to probe its puzzles. * A chronological overview that establishes the important phases of the Indus civilization and places Indus society in the historical context of the development of South Asia * Illustrations showing speculative reconstructions of the Indus civilization's magnificent cities and photographs of artifacts from exquisite jewelry to beautiful carved seals

Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization


Author: Jonathan M. Kenoyer
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 260
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Offers a variety of perspectives on the Indus Valley civilization, covering important objects recovered during recent excavations at Harappa, and recent archaeological discoveries on South Asian societies and ancient technologies.

The Indus

Lost Civilizations
Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780235410
Category: History
Page: 192
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When Alexander the Great invaded the Indus Valley in the fourth century BCE, he was completely unaware that it had once been the center of a civilization that could have challenged ancient Egypt and neighboring Mesopotamia in size and sophistication. In this accessible introduction, Andrew Robinson tells the story—so far as we know it—of this enigmatic people, who lay forgotten for around 4,000 years. Going back to 2600 BCE, Robinson investigates a civilization that flourished over half a millennium, until 1900 BCE, when it mysteriously declined and eventually vanished. Only in the 1920s, did British and Indian archaeologists in search of Alexander stumble upon the ruins of a civilization in what is now northwest India and eastern Pakistan. Robinson surveys a network of settlements—more than 1,000—that covered over 800,000 square kilometers. He examines the technically advanced features of some of the civilization’s ancient cities, such as Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, where archaeologists have found finely crafted gemstone jewelry, an exquisite part-pictographic writing system (still requiring decipherment), apparently Hindu symbolism, plumbing systems that would not be bettered until the Roman empire, and street planning worthy of our modern world. He also notes what is missing: any evidence of warfare, notwithstanding an adventurous maritime trade between the Indus cities and Mesopotamia via the Persian Gulf. A fascinating look at a tantalizingly “lost” civilization, this book is a testament to its artistic excellence, technological progress, economic vigor, and social tolerance, not to mention the Indus legacy to modern South Asia and the wider world.

Deciphering the Indus Script


Author: Asko Parpola
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521795661
Category: Social Science
Page: 400
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Of the writing systems of the ancient world which still await deciphering, the Indus script is the most important. It developed in the Indus or Harappan Civilization, which flourished c. 2500-1900 BC in and around modern Pakistan, collapsing before the earliest historical records of South Asia were composed. Nearly 4,000 samples of the writing survive, mainly on stamp seals and amulets, but no translations. Professor Parpola is the chief editor of the Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions. His ideas about the script, the linguistic affinity of the Harappan language, and the nature of the Indus religion are informed by a remarkable command of Aryan, Dravidian, and Mesopotamian sources, archaeological materials, and linguistic methodology. His fascinating study confirms that the Indus script was logo-syllabic, and that the Indus language belonged to the Dravidian family.

Seals and Sealing in the Ancient World

Case Studies from the Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, and South Asia
Author: Sarah Jarmer Scott,Sarah Kielt Costello,Marta Ameri,Gregg Jamison
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108168698
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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Studies of seals and sealing practices have traditionally investigated aspects of social, political, economic, and ideological systems in ancient societies throughout the Old World. Previously, scholarship has focused on description and documentation, chronology and dynastic histories, administrative function, iconography, and style. More recent studies have emphasized context, production and use, and increasingly, identity, gender, and the social lives of seals, their users, and the artisans who produced them. Using several methodological and theoretical perspectives, this volume presents up-to-date research on seals that is comparative in scope and focus. The cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach advances our understanding of the significance of an important class of material culture of the ancient world. The volume will serve as an essential resource for scholars, students, and others interested in glyptic studies, seal production and use, and sealing practices in the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Ancient South Asia and the Aegean during the 4th-2nd Millennia BCE.

Understanding Harappa

Civilization in the Greater Indus Valley
Author: Shereen Ratnagar
Publisher: Tulika Books
ISBN: 9789382381662
Category: History
Page: 176
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This slim volume is an attempt to rouse the interest of students and non-specialists in the early civilization of the Indus valley and adjoining regions of Pakistan and India. The challenges of archaeological interpretation are discussed, together with maps, site plans and illustrations of artefacts, but the evidence is presented in social terms rather than in a technical way. In an attempt to cast an overall perspective, the Indus civilization is presented in the context of contemporary cultural development in South Asia as well as Western and Central Asia. The third edition of this volume included references to new ideas on the Indus civilization and to excavations at a small but significant site. This revised and updated fourth edition contains additional material on Dholavira and the harnessing of flash-floods.

Harappan Civilization And Rojdi


Author: Gregory L. Possehl,Mukundrai H. Raval,Y. M. Chitalwala
Publisher: Brill Archive
ISBN: 9788120404045
Category: Excavations (Archaeology)
Page: 197
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The Harappan Town Of Rojdi Has Been Known To Archaeologists For Several Decades And Has Been The Subject Of Extensive Excavation. The Present Book Is The First Substantial Publication On The Site And Presents Three New Insights Into The Nature Of The Harappan Civilization.

Ancient Plants and People

Contemporary Trends in Archaeobotany
Author: Marco Madella,Carla Lancelotti,Manon Savard
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816527105
Category: Social Science
Page: 328
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Ancient Plants and People is a timely discussion of the global perspectives on archaeobotany and the rich harvest of knowledge it yields. Contributors examine the importance of plants to human culture over time and geographic regions and what it teaches of humans, their culture, and their landscapes.

Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River


Author: Alice Albinia
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393063224
Category: History
Page: 368
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“Alice Albinia is the most extraordinary traveler of her generation. . . . A journey of astonishing confidence and courage.”—Rory Stewart One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains and flows west across northern India and south through Pakistan. It has been worshipped as a god, used as a tool of imperial expansion, and today is the cement of Pakistan’s fractious union. Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand miles of geography and back to a time five thousand years ago when a string of sophisticated cities grew on its banks. “This turbulent history, entwined with a superlative travel narrative” (The Guardian) leads us from the ruins of elaborate metropolises, to the bitter divisions of today. Like Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between, Empires of the Indus is an engrossing personal journey and a deeply moving portrait of a river and its people.

Ancient Persia

A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550–330 BCE
Author: Matt Waters
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107652723
Category: History
Page: 272
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The Achaemenid Persian Empire, at its greatest territorial extent under Darius I (r.522–486 BCE), held sway over territory stretching from the Indus River Valley to southeastern Europe and from the western Himalayas to northeast Africa. In this book, Matt Waters gives a detailed historical overview of the Achaemenid period while considering the manifold interpretive problems historians face in constructing and understanding its history. This book offers a Persian perspective even when relying on Greek textual sources and archaeological evidence. Waters situates the story of the Achaemenid Persians in the context of their predecessors in the mid-first millennium BCE and through their successors after the Macedonian conquest, constructing a compelling narrative of how the empire retained its vitality for more than two hundred years (c.550–330 BCE) and left a massive imprint on Middle Eastern as well as Greek and European history.

The Roots of Hinduism

The Early Aryans and the Indus Civilization
Author: Asko Parpola
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190226935
Category: History
Page: 432
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Hinduism has two major roots. The more familiar is the religion brought to South Asia in the second millennium BCE by speakers of Aryan or Indo-Iranian languages, a branch of the Indo-European language family. Another, more enigmatic, root is the Indus civilization of the third millennium BCE, which left behind exquisitely carved seals and thousands of short inscriptions in a long-forgotten pictographic script. Discovered in the valley of the Indus River in the early 1920s, the Indus civilization had a population estimated at one million people, in more than 1000 settlements, several of which were cities of some 50,000 inhabitants. With an area of nearly a million square kilometers, the Indus civilization was more extensive than the contemporaneous urban cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt. Yet, after almost a century of excavation and research the Indus civilization remains little understood. How might we decipher the Indus inscriptions? What language did the Indus people speak? What deities did they worship? Asko Parpola has spent fifty years researching the roots of Hinduism to answer these fundamental questions, which have been debated with increasing animosity since the rise of Hindu nationalist politics in the 1980s. In this pioneering book, he traces the archaeological route of the Indo-Iranian languages from the Aryan homeland north of the Black Sea to Central, West, and South Asia. His new ideas on the formation of the Vedic literature and rites and the great Hindu epics hinge on the profound impact that the invention of the horse-drawn chariot had on Indo-Aryan religion. Parpola's comprehensive assessment of the Indus language and religion is based on all available textual, linguistic and archaeological evidence, including West Asian sources and the Indus script. The results affirm cultural and religious continuity to the present day and, among many other things, shed new light on the prehistory of the key Hindu goddess Durga and her Tantric cult.

World History

A New Perspective
Author: Clive Ponting
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409046397
Category: History
Page: 944
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Conventional accounts of world history tend to focus on the rise of Western civilisation and concentrate on the story of ancient Greece, the Roman empire and the expansion of Europe. The histories of the great civilisations of China, India and Japan, and therefore the experience of the majority of the world's people, have been relegated to a minor place. World History adopts a radically different approach. Starting from the assumption that the human story has to be seen in the round, it examines the evolution of humans, their lives as hunters and gatherers and their eventual adoption of agriculture, before looking at the emergence of civilisation across the globe; in Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, the Indus Valley, Mesoamerica and Peru. It goes on to tell the story of the earliest empires, emphasising not just their differences but also their similarities. It explains how contacts were established between them and how technologies, ideas and the world's great religions travelled from one to another. It describes the great empires of Islam, of China and of the Mongols. Only towards the end of the story does Europe come slowly to dominate the world, against the background of technical innovations and social and economic change.

Indus age

the beginnings
Author: Gregory L. Possehl
Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
ISBN: N.A
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 1063
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About 4,500 years ago a great civilization arose on the plains of the Indus Valley in what is now Pakistan and India. Known as the Indus or Harappan Civilization, it began as a collection of villages and farming communities and developed into a complex urban society that flourished from about 2600 to 2000 B.C. The Indus Civilization was the largest of the Old World's ancient complex societies, larger than either the Mesopotamian or the Egyptian, but it is not nearly so well known as its smaller neighbors. Indus Age: The Beginnings is Volume I in a projected four-volume series on the whole of ancient Harappan history. It tells the story of the modern discovery of the Harappan Civilization, starting in the early nineteenth century, when the city of Harappa was visited by antiquarians with little understanding of the ancient history of Pakistan or India. The realization that the sites dated from the Bronze Age, and were contemporary with those of the Sumerians, came as late as 1924, and important archaeological discoveries continued to be made in the area under the guidance of Sir Mortimer Wheeler until 1947. The book discusses the cultural geography of the greater Indus area and traces a cultural history of the peoples of the Indus Age from the beginnings of the domestication of plants and animals to the threshold of civilization in the area. In so doing, Gregory Possehl constructs an innovative, comprehensive chronology for the region, building on the gazetteer of archaeological sites the author has developed over the past decade. Possehl's discussion of the early Neolithic communities and the early Harappan stage, in particular, represents a significant new contribution to the studyof the Harappan Civilization.

The Indus Civilization


Author: Mortimer Wheeler
Publisher: CUP Archive
ISBN: 9780521069588
Category: Social Science
Page: 143
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This book discusses climate and dating of the Indus Valley civilization and Sir Mortimer Wheeler summarizes other contributions to the study.